The Science Book of Wonder Drugs

by Donald G. Cooley. 247 pp., illustrated. New York, Franklin Watts, Inc. 1954. Price $2.95

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Mr. Donald G. Cooley is among the ablest of those middlemen who bring complex sciences within reach of ordinary people. He discusses, in an entertaining way, one of the most exciting frontiers that science has ever explored. The site of this exploration is the biochemical world within the human organism—a place of overpowering minuteness, intricacy and busyness. Man's body, Mr. Cooley reports, is composed of 26 trillion 500 billion cells, each with its own universe of activity. Not one cell is ever at rest. Day and night they are moving ceaselessly in chains of chemical inter-relationships. These myriads of agitated flecks manage, in some inscrutable way, to unite into one community called man's body. But they are not allowed to live in peace. Even while man preaches peace and brotherhood, billions of bacteria, fungi, molds, viruses and protozoa within him are at the throats of billions of fellow organisms in a fight to the finish for lebensraum.

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