Adverse Reactions

By Thomas Maeder,

Book cover of Adverse Reactions

Book description

The author of Children of Psychiatrists recreates one of the largest and most controversial investigations in medical history, presenting the story behind Cholramphenicol, a widely-used antibiotic that resulted in hundreds of deaths, innumerable lawsuits, and countless FDA actions.

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Adverse Reactions as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Adverse Reactions opens with a grim story about a medical father who has given chloramphenicol, an apparently safe drug, to his son and watches him die a slow and agonizing death. The father's efforts to make sure this cannot happen again are extraordinary. Almost single-handedly he lays the basis for the drug safety systems we now have. At the same time, the drug company that made chloramphenicol invented the playbook which means these safety systems don’t work and prescription drug-induced death may now be the commonest form of death there is.    

From David's list on medical treatments gone wrong.

Want books like Adverse Reactions?

Our community of 9,000+ authors has personally recommended 27 books like Adverse Reactions.

Browse books like Adverse Reactions

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in therapy, death, and humour books?

9,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about therapy, death, and humour books.

Therapy Explore 15 books about therapy
Death Explore 318 books about death
Humour Books Explore 1,659 books about humour books