Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills have Shaped the History of Medicine by Thomas Hager (4 out of 5)

This was a fascinating book! Another advance that I had in the house and got to after it had been released. The book was released by Abrams on March 5, and is currently available in hardcover. Hager takes us through a magical history tour of ten drugs, pills, and remedies that helped bring medicine into the modern age. Considering where we currently stand with big pharma and holistic medicine/alternative therapies, this was a good idea of how we’ve arrived at the crossroads that exist in the medical community today. Hager effortlessly takes us from opium (aka “The joy plant”) to knockout drops, the first antibiotic, the first antipsychotic, statins, smallpox inoculations, heroin (in cough syrup, no less!), and the new range of monoclonal drugs. Hager does the impossible. He makes a book that some might regard as hard to read (only because not everyone loves to read about nonfiction and medical stuff) inherently easy to read, and fun. Yes, fun. I was quite entertained to read what these pesky people were up to with various cure-alls through the years. It flows well and when I got to the end, I was disappointed that it was coming to an end. I would highly reccomend this to anyone who is fascinated by the workings and backstory of modern medicine. Definitely worth a read.

~ by generationgbooks on April 27, 2019.

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