The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

Written by:
Thomas Hager
Narrated by:
Stephen Hoye

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2006
12 hours 30 minutes
Fast-paced, suspenseful, and utterly satisfying, The Demon Under the Microscope is a sweeping history of the discovery of the first antibiotic and its dramatic effect on the world of medicine and beyond.

The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

Sulfa saved millions of lives-among them Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.-but its real effects are even more far reaching. Sulfa changed the way new drugs were developed, approved and sold; transformed the way doctors treated patients; and ushered in the era of modern medicine. The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness.

A strange and vibrant story, The Demon Under the Microscope illuminates the colorful characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and the central, though mistaken, idea that brought sulfa to the world. This is a fascinating scientific tale with all the excitement and intrigue of a great suspense novel.
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Cody M.

Very interesting!

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Well written. I wasn't aware of sulfa drugs until this book. Always thought penicillin was the first antibiotics discovered. This book is very informative. I liked the reader. The subject matter is at times dry but he kept it presenting well.

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Carol G.

One of the best books I've ever listened to!! This is great book even for the listener that may not be familiar or interested in science or biology. The learning experience was written as a story told like a novel verses a lecture on some of the most amazing and scientific wonders of the 20th century. Very enlightening!!!

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Aaron H.

So much detailed information. I was always curious about how antibiotics were discovered. I learned more than I could have imagined.

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Debra B.

Interesting history with some ways to relate history repeating itself during our pandemic

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Dan B.

Utterly fascinating. For a topic that I feared might be dry, I found it to be always engaging.

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Dietmar B.

Bought on a whim. Worked out good for me. Incredible reading.

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