Good Chemistry: The Life and Legacy of Valium Inventor Leo Sternbach

By | November 30, 2016
Good Chemistry: The Life and Legacy of Valium Inventor Leo Sternbach

The development of Valium by Roche Pharmaceutical and the entire benzodiazepine group of active substances was among the greatest accomplishments in 20th-century pharmacology.

Good Chemistry combines a detailed account of this momentous development with an engaging biography of Leo Sternbach, the brilliant chemist who invented Valium and whose achievements heralded the beginning of a new era in research and therapeutics. This thought-provoking biographical history:

  • Tells the fascinating life story of one of the 20th century’s premier chemists
  • Traces the developments that led to the invention of Valium
  • Provides a cultural history of Valium and its impact on society

One thought on “Good Chemistry: The Life and Legacy of Valium Inventor Leo Sternbach

  1. User1212
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A pat on his back by his peers, August 1, 2006
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    User1212 (Amsterdam) –

    This review is from: Good Chemistry: The Life and Legacy of Valium Inventor Leo Sternbach (Hardcover)
    Perhaps my poor rating has something to do with the fact that this is the first biography I have read, which is not an autobiography. I was really disappointed in the way the general theme behind every historical tale was what a great, hardworking, persevering and smart guy Leo Sternbach is. Now I’m not disputing the truth of those things, it’s just that compared with the nit and grit of an autobiography, this celebration of a man just doesn’t cut it.

    As for the second half of the book, it’s almost as unbalanced as the first. It is an advertisement for benzodiazepines, and a complaint at the unfair treatment they have had in society. I felt uneasy while reading, like maybe I should be checking the sources because it was all too good to be true. That said there is a lot of information in there and I have learned a lot about the benzodiazepine class of drugs. I appreciated the clear explanations of the pharmacological aspects of the drugs.

    I also noticed a lot of rough edges between the various authors, such as repeated information. Given the lack of depth I don’t think it was necessary to have more than one or two authors at most.

    As a read it lacks the anecdotes to keep it interesting. As a science book it lacks the depth to use it as guide or reference.

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