1st Edition

Miraculous Medicines and the Chemistry of Drug Design

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ISBN 9780367644031
December 7, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
160 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

USD $65.00

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Book Description

The subject of chemistry is widely acknowledged as being conceptually challenging, and regarded with a perceived elitism. This book aims to address this dilemma by breaking down the fundamentals of organic chemistry and its importance in medicine, so that readers with any or no background education in chemistry can access the material and gain an appreciation and understanding for the subject. The text is written in a clear and concise manner, using appropriate figures, to explain how the medicine we are so familiar with is designed and produced. Undergraduate students, medical and nursing students, and general audiences will benefit from the accessible format and enjoyable read.

Key Features:

  • User-friendly text dealing with the chemical sciences for the non-scientist
  • Public understanding of science at the interface of biology and chemistry is in high demand
  • The book serves to introduce organic chemistry and its relevance to medicine
  • Describes the foundational principles of chemistry without losing the systematic rigor of the subject

Table of Contents


1.       A brief background

2.       Finding a target

i)                    The cell: natures laboratory

ii)                   Targeting the cell

3.       Antibiotics: the need for innovation

i)                    A historical perspective

ii)                   Breaking down bacteria’s defences

iii)                 The continued battle against infection

4.       Antiviral agents and rational drug design

i)                    Viruses and viral diseases

ii)                   Antigens, immunity and vaccination

iii)                 Antiviral drugs in action

5.       The fight against cancer

i)                    Cancer: a complex disease

ii)                   Introduction to cancer chemotherapy

iii)                 Frontiers of cancer therapy

6.       Targeting the nervous system

i)                    The peripheral nervous system

ii)                   The adrenaline and the peripheral nervous system

iii)                 Drugs of abuse

7.       Drug design, synthesis and development

i)                    Drugs in the human body

ii)                   How drugs are made

iii)                 Medicinal chemistry for the future

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Chemistry graduate with BSc (Hons) 2ii from the University of York. (Sep 2016 – June 2018) Selected specialist option modules are as follows: Chemistry and Disease; Proteins in 3D; Synthesis from Natural Products; Dynamic Earth (geochemistry and environmental chemistry in second and third year). Postgraduate education: currently occupied with research work to attain a chemistry PhD with Newcastle University. Industry placement at FERA Science Ltd. (Sep 2018 – Oct 2021).

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