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Herbs to Hormones. The Evolution of Drugs and Chemicals that Revolutionized Medicine.

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The Memoirs of Charles L. Huisking.. 163 pages. The Pequot Press, Inc., Essex, Conn.: , 1968.. Price, $5.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(3):674. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-70-3-674
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This chatty, short autobiography of a Brooklyn-born, one-time high school dropout will not tell you much about "the evolution of drugs and chemicals," but it will give you an entertaining, informal account of the growth of the American pharmaceutical industry since the mid-nineteenth century, with special attention to the effect of World War I on relations between American and German companies. Eli Lilly, Merck, Parke-Davis, Pfizer, and other companies of this rank get some attention during Mr. Huisking's meanderings. You will learn that Coca-Cola was once advertised as a cure for neuralgia, hysteria, melancholy, and sick headache. Mr. Huisking closes


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