If any of you had your interest piqued by John’s talk on Monday, you might be interested in the book that informed some of the presentation.

It gives the full story of how the Sackler family rose from humble origins as immigrants to the USA. Arthur Sackler became a powerful figure, and with his two brothers he purchased a pharmaceutical company that was at the centre of a health crisis which continues to affect all parts of the USA. Wonderfully written, it could be a thriller, except that it all sadly did really happen.

Please let us know if you have enjoyed a book on a scientific subject that you could recommend to our members as the next book of the month.