Last Friday, Tom Hager delivered a talk on Gerhard Domagk and the discovery of sulpha drugs as part of the OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture Series. That talk, "The Gorgon's Blood: a Greek Myth, a German Doctor, and the Rise of MRSA", is now available in streaming video (free RealPlayer required).
Hager uses the Perseus myth as a jumping-off point for a cautionary tale about the double-edged nature of all medical advances, actions that create unintended consequences along with the perceived good. For more of Hager's insightful treatment of the history of science and medicine, checkout some of his published works (and his master's thesis!).