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Being Mortal [Book Review]

Finally, I manage to read Atul Gawande’s book.

In this book, Atul Gawande provides us a contemplative reading about the human relationship with life purpose, aging, and medicine. While the modern science and medicine manage to ‘extend’ human lives, we often forget that healthcare is not only to ensure prolong life and survival; but to enable one’s well-being as well. A really good book to remind us of what our beloved ones (parents, spouse, children, friends; even ourselves) need in these mortal lives.

 

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The Demon Under the Microscope [Book Review]

Thomas Hager wrote the biography of sulfa drugs in a novelette-like story, which is amazing! There are inspirations and tragic stories in the way of searching the cure for infections, the great maladies haunting human lives for centuries. I think this book should be a mandatory reading for anyone interested in medical and drug development, as this sulfa drugs were the first drug that confirmed the possibility of a ‘magic bullet’ (specific drug) for a disease (in this case, infection).

Sulfa-class drugs were the first antibiotic (even before the famous penicillin) widely used to treat various infections, from the infection of childbirth (which could kill more than 50% of mothers giving birth during its epidemic) to the war-related infections during WWII. Sulfa is also the drug that underlies the principle of pharmacology and toxicity tests before a drug can be launched to the market. And thanks to sulfa that the FDA gained its position as the ‘powerful’ drug regulatory agency nowadays. Alas, almost all of sulfa’s inventors suffered from tragic fate during WWII, despite the fact that they were the most meritorious people who ‘saved’ a lot of people during WWII.

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And in this blog, I want to go into a more detail story about this sulfa drugs.

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