The Resource His brother's keeper : a story from the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner

His brother's keeper : a story from the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner

Label
His brother's keeper : a story from the edge of medicine
Title
His brother's keeper
Title remainder
a story from the edge of medicine
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Weiner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From Jonathan Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Beak of the Finch, comes His Brother's Keeper-the story of a young entrepreneur who gambles on the risky science of gene therapy to try to save his brother's life. Stephen Heywood was twenty-nine years old when he learned that he was dying of ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease. Almost overnight his older brother, Jamie, turned himself into a genetic engineer in a quixotic race to cure the incurable. His Brother's Keeper is a powerful account of their story, as they travel together to the edge of medicine. The book brings home for all of us the hopes and fears of the new biology. In this dramatic and suspenseful narrative, Jonathan Weiner gives us a remarkable portrait of science and medicine today. We learn about gene therapy, stem cells, brain vaccines, and other novel treatments for such nerve-death diseases as ALS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's-diseases that afflict millions, and touch the lives of many more. It turns out that the author has a personal stake in the story as well. When he met the Heywood brothers, his own mother was dying of a rare nerve-death disease. The Heywoods' gene therapist offered to try to save her, too. "The Heywoods' story taught me many things about the nature of healing in the new millennium," Weiner writes. "They also taught me about what has not changed since the time of the ancients and may never change as long as there are human beings-about what Lucretius calls 'the ever-living wound of love.' The Heywoods mean the whole story to me now: an allegory from the edge of medicine. A story to make us ask ourselves questions that we have to ask but do not want to ask. How much of life can we engineer? How much is permitted us? What would you do to save your brother's life?"
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NLM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weiner, Jonathan
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC406.A24
LC item number
W44 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
NLM call number
  • 2004 E-241
  • WE 550
NLM item number
W423h 2004
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Heywood, Stephen
  • Heywood, Jamie
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Family Relations
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Heywood, Stephen
  • Heywood, Jamie
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Brothers
  • Genetic engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Heywood, Stephen
  • Heywood, Jamie
  • Sclérose latérale amyotrophique
  • Sclérose latérale amyotrophique
  • Manipulations génétiques
  • Biotechnologie
  • Heywood, Jamie
  • Heywood, Stephen
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Biotechnology
  • Brothers
  • Genetic engineering
  • United States
Label
His brother's keeper : a story from the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner
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Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The key in the door -- The plan -- The construct -- The sign -- The sudden fall
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (356 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035608699
Label
His brother's keeper : a story from the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The key in the door -- The plan -- The construct -- The sign -- The sudden fall
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (356 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035608699

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