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From Aspirin to Viagra

Stories of the Drugs that Changed the World

Authors: Marko, Vladimir

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  • A collection of short stories detailing the histories of the most well-known drugs of our time
  • Weaves together research from historical and archival sources, along with existing academic literature
  • Requires no prior knowledge of the drug industry
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From Aspirin to Viagra, insulin to penicillin, and vaccines to vitamin supplements, drugs have become part of our everyday lives. This staggering global industry wasn’t born overnight; advancements in pharmaceutical science have been happening for a long while, over the course of decades and even centuries.
This book tells the history of ten prominent substances and how they came to be common household names. It shows how the creation of such influential drugs often began with the right person at the exactly right—or wrong!— time. The chapters tell the stories of geniuses and charlatans; scholars and amateurs; advances won through hard work or pure luck; and ultimately, the handful of resounding successes that revolutionized a global industry.
Beyond the pioneers of the most famous drugs in our culture, the book analyzes how our perspective on medical treatment has shifted over the decades. Modern standards for testing and administering substances have created a new set of advantages, setbacks, and stigmas, all of which are discussed herein. 

About the authors

Vladimir Marko was born in 1952 in Košice, Eastern Slovakia. He studied organic chemistry at Slovak Technical University and biochemistry at Comenius University, both in Bratislava. He finished his university studies in 1975 and PhD. studies in 1980.

From 1980 to 1991, Marko worked as a researcher in the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. As a member of the Department of Pharmacokinetics, he was responsible for the determination of drugs in biological fluids. In that time, he published several scientific articles and was also an editor of a book dealing with drug determinations (Determination of Beta-Blockers in Biological Material, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1989).

In 1994, Marko began working for the Danish-based pharmacological company Lundbeck, first as a representative and later as the managing director for Slovakia. After nearly 20 years there, he retired in 2013.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Aspirin

    Pages 1-24

    Marko, Vladimir

  • Quinine

    Pages 25-42

    Marko, Vladimir

  • Vitamin C

    Pages 43-63

    Marko, Vladimir

  • Insulin

    Pages 64-91

    Marko, Vladimir

  • Penicillin

    Pages 92-120

    Marko, Vladimir

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-44286-6
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Softcover $34.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Aspirin to Viagra
Book Subtitle
Stories of the Drugs that Changed the World
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44286-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44286-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-44285-9
Series ISSN
2626-6113
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 276
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
English translation of the original Slovak edition published by Ikar, Bratislava, 2018
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