Donald Kirsch: Getting to Know a Drug Hunter
December 10, 2019
We’ve all been there. You are at a party and someone asks, “So, what do you do?” Dr. Kirsch always found it hard to explain his career as a discovery scientist. He decided to write a book about it. The many types of therapies that can be given to a human being to alter their biological process Course: DD101 Hunters: An Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines is a colorful, fact-filled narrative history of the search for new medicines from our Neolithic forebears to the professionals of today, and from quinine and aspirin to Viagra, Prozac, and Lipitor.
We talk to Dr. Kirsch about his own experiences as a scientist, the daunting odds of finding an actual a compound or preparation used for the treatment or preention of disease, especially a drug or drugs taken by mouth Course: DD101, and the additional human hurdles that can make these discoveries even harder. He also talks to us about the things he learned as he wrote The many types of therapies that can be given to a human being to alter their biological process Course: DD101 Hunters with his co-author Ogi Ogas, Ph.D.
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