1st Edition

Miraculous Medicines and the Chemistry of Drug Design

By Nathan Keighley Copyright 2021
    134 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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


    1. A Brief Background

    2. Finding a Target

    3. Antibiotics: The Need for Innovation

    4. Antiviral Agents and Rational Drug Design

    5. The Fight Against Cancer

    6. Targeting the Nervous System

    7. Drug Design, Synthesis, and Development



    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).