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Oxford University Press
21 February 2008
Between 1935 and 1944, the field of microbiology, and by implication medicine as a whole, underwent dramatic advancement. The discovery of the extraordinary antibacterial properties of sulphonamides, penicillin, and streptomycin triggered a frantic hunt for more antimicrobial drugs that was to yield an abundant harvest in a very short space of time. By the early 1960s more than 50 antibacterial agents were available to the prescribing physician and, largely by a process of chemical modification of existing compounds, that number has more than tripled today. So used have we become to the ready availability of these relatively safe and highly effective 'miracle drugs' that it is now hard to grasp how they transformed the treatment of infection.

This book provides the first comprehensive account of the development of antimicrobial agents of all kinds: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal and anthelminthic compounds. It also offers a celebration of those involved with the agents that have surely led to the relief of more human and animal suffering than any other class of drugs in the history of medical endeavour.
By:   David Greenwood (Emeritus Professor of Antimicrobial Science University of Nottingham Medical School UK)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 252mm,  Width: 180mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   955g
ISBN:   9780199534845
ISBN 10:   0199534845
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   21 February 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1: Agents of infection 2: Out of darkness 3: From quinine to sulphonamides (by way of serendip) 4: Wonder drugs 5: The taming of tuberculosis and leprosy 6: The golden age of pills and profits 7: Progress against parasites 8: The poor relations: fungi and viruses 9: The spectre at the feast

Professor Greenwood was formerly at St Batholomew's Hospital, London before joining the Department of Microbiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School in 1974, where he remained until retirement in 2000. He was Professor of Antimicrobial Science between 1989 and 2000, and is the former Archivist to the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. He has contributed more than 200 scientific articles and books on antimicrobial agents over 40 years.

Reviews for Antimicrobial Drugs: Chronicle of a twentieth century medical triumph

The science of drug discovery, the roles of individuals and teams in academia and industry, the circuitous routes taken to first treatment, are recounted in detail and depth in this wonderful volume from David Greenwood... This book is a must for all those who want to understand the ideas and personalities behind the antimicrobial drugs that have affected the quality of millions of lives. Science Direct It is hard to imagine that anyone will tell it better than David this page-turner...The depth of writing captures perfectly the sometimes complex interplay between pharmaceutical companies, academics and government initiatives, and the case for the role played by serendipity is particularly forcefully made...I urge all pharmacists to read this book and wonder at the achievements that focus, motivation and commitment can bring. Peter Taylor is professor of microbiology at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, in Pharmaceutical Journal An admirable work...nearly every page brought a smile and an approving nod...a tour de force of which the author should be proud. Steve Mitchell, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London elegant and comprehensive history of the antibiotic era...[recommended] to anyone, specialist or not, who is interested in antibiotics or the history of medicine. D. M. Livermore, Health Protection Agency, London This book offers a fascinating account of the development of antimicrobial drugs of all kinds...[this book] will be of interest to all lecturers, researchers, students and drug company employees engaged in antibiotic-related teaching and work. Every library should have a copy! Society for General Microbiology Enterprises such as this book require huge efforts from the author and pay great dividends to the loyal reader. For the origins of such drugs as avlosulphon and zanamivir, and many in between, this volume is a thorough and entertaining introduction. This book is a must for all those who want to understand the ideas and personalities behind the antimicrobial drugs that have affected the quality of millions of lives and raised so many major expectations. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygience

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