Triumph of the Heart

Triumph of the Heart : The Story of Statins

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Over 25 million people in the U.S. alone have benefited from statins-such drugs as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol, and other cholesterol-lowering medicines-in preventing stroke, heart attack, and other forms of coronary heart disease. But how did these remarkable, life-saving drugs come into being? In Triumph of the Heart, Dr. Jie Jack Li, a medicinal chemist and expert on drug discovery, tells for the first time the fascinating story of statins. Drawn from interviews with many scientists involved in the discovery and development of these drugs, the book illuminates the human side of science by revealing the role played by persistence, luck, and sudden insight that characterize major discoveries. For scientists in the drug industry, health care professionals, students of medicine, and all those intrigued by the basic human drive to explore and discover, Triumph of the Heart offers a compelling view of one of the most important drug discoveries of our more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 49 illus.
  • 0195323572
  • 9780195323573
  • 1,458,650

About Jie Jack Li

Jie Jack Li currently works at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He was previously a medicinal chemist Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals (which was bought in 2000 and closed in 2007 by Pfizer), the birth place of Lipitor. He is the author of Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor: The Human Stories behind the Drugs We Use (OUP 2006). He lives in Connecticut. Books by same author The Art of Drug Synthesis Doug S. Johnson, Jie Jack Li, Eds., Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2007. Name Reactions for Functional Group Transformations, Jie Jack Li, Ed., Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2007. Modern Organic Synthesis in the Laboratory, A Collection of Standard Experimental Procedures, Jie Jack Li, Chris Limberakis, Derek A. Pflum, Oxford University Press: New York, NY, 2007. Laughing Gas, Viagra, and Lipitor, The Human Stories behind the Drugs We Use. Jie Jack Li, Oxford University Press: New York, NY, 2006. Contemporary Drug Synthesis Jie Jack Li, Douglas S. Johnson, Drago D. Sliskovic, Bruce D. Roth, Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2004; Chinese version, 2005. Name Reactions in Heterocyclic Chemistry, Jie Jack Li, Ed., Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2004. Name Reactions, A Collection of Detailed Reaction Mechanisms, Third and Expanded Edition, Jie Jack Li, Springer: Heidelberg, Germany, 2006. Palladium in Heterocyclic Chemistry, Jie Jack Li, Gordon W. Gribble, Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry Series, Vol. 20, 2000, Pergamon/Elsevier, Vol. 26, more

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You do not need to be a chemist or scientist to understand this book. It is easy to read, engaging and educational. * Laura Strachan, Nursing Standard * This book offers valuable insights into the way a drug company goes about building a platform for a potential "blockbuster". * Lancet *show more

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