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Thomas Hager

Ten Drugs

by Thomas Hager

Ten Drugs

Thomas Hager

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Thomas Hager tells us the story of the most impactful drugs humans have developed, the people who discovered them, and the companies who have profited from them.

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Ten Drugs

by Thomas Hager

Ten Drugs

Thomas Hager

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From medicinal herbs and extracts to modern pills and vaccines, drug development has had a major impact on society. The stories of how everyday drugs were created are full of serendipitous moments, revolutionary discoveries, underdog scientists, and big players who knew they could get rich selling legal drugs.

In his book, popular science and narrative non-fiction writer Thomas Hager sheds some light on the perplexing history of drugs. Hager reveals that the discovery of many essential medicines came from luck, random tinkering, or mistake.

Ten Drugs paints a colorful picture of the people who changed medicine and pharmacology, the immense impact of their work, and the societal shifts it brought.

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"We seem to have grown unaccustomed to pain and are unwilling to bear it. And not only physical pain. We are also lowering our tolerance for any sort of psychic discomfort, from minor anxiety to minor depression."

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