How we know what we know about medicine - A review of The Drug Hunters by Drs. Donald Kirsch and Ogi Ogas22/09/2018Posted by:
While authors Kirsch and Ogas impressively illustrate the laborious and quirky human process that enabled our discovery of various medicines, they fail to distinguish the limitations of the pharma industry's role in treating mental health.
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee11/06/2018Posted by:
DNA, the history of its discovery, and our ability to manipulate it, are the subjects of Mukherjee’s latest book, The Gene. The story of the gene is a journey across time and scale. Mukherjee eloquently animates the intertwining strands of history and science to demystify the gene and its discovery. He shows the idea of the gene proved to be elusive and counterintuitive to early thinkers. Its discovery was both “dangerous and exhilarating.” Unravel the language of our genome, and you discover inherent limitations of its perfectibility. Mukherjee manages to bridge conceptual gaps in our understanding of our own source code, and situate the reader in debates on the frontier of biology.