Triumph and Tragedy
By (author) Robert Bud
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Penicillin by Robert Bud
Book DescriptionPenicillin is the drug of the twentieth century. It was the first of the antibiotics that, for decades after the Second World War, underpinned a popular belief that infectious disease had at last met its match. With the emergence of 'superbugs' in recent decades these hopes have faded. Across the world, we are warned that widespread antibiotic abuse will inexorably erode the drugs' efficacy and our own earlier confidence in them. Penicillin pulls these different but conjoined stories into a compelling narrative spanning the second half of the twentieth century. Using a wealth of new research, Robert Bud sets the discovery and use of penicillin in the broader context of social and cultural change across the world. He examines the drug's critical contributions to medicine and agriculture, and he investigates the global spread of resistant bacteria as antibiotic use continues to rise. Clearly written and highly topical, his book will be of great interest to historians, scientists, and anyone wishing to understand penicillin's seismic impact on modern life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199541614
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Bud
Penicillin, Hardback (February 2007)
Sets the discovery and use of penicillin in the context of social and cultural change across the world. This book examines the drug's critical contributions to medicine and agriculture, and investigates the global spread of resistant bacteria as antibiotic use continues to rise. It is of interest to historians, scientists, and others.
Instruments of Science, Hardback (March 1998)
An authoritative reference covering scientific instruments from antiquity to the present. The 325 entries by over 220 experts explain how the instruments work, and trace their invention, development, distribution and cost.
Uses of Life, Paperback (May 1994)» View all books by Robert Bud
This first history of biotechnology provides a readable and challenging account that will be of interest to anyone interested in this key component of modern industry.
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