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History of Drug Discovery

  1. Walter E Sneader

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003090



How to Cite

Sneader, W. E. 2001. History of Drug Discovery. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001

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Until the nineteenth century the only source of medicinal agents was the natural world. The development of synthetic chemistry greatly increased the range of potential medicinal compounds.


  • drugs;
  • history of drugs;
  • drug discovery