7 Drugs that Changed the World

Matale: Also referred to as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, this is the most expansive and best-preserved cave complex in the country.

Everybody Stay Calm: The introduction of the tranquilizer chlorpromazine in the 1950s represented a turning point in psychiatry.

A Life-Saving Contaminant: In 1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming was in the process of sterilizing bacterial culture plates.

Paulescu’s Pancrein: The discovery of insulin was no doubt a major breakthrough in medicine.

From Chemical Warfare to Cancer: Nitrogen mustards were developed in the 1920s and ’30s as agents of chemical warfare.

So Retro—That Is, Antiretroviral: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval in 1987 of zidovudine.

Population Control: In the early 1920s, Austrian scientist Ludwig Haberlandt published a paper suggesting that hormones.

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