The Resource His brother's keeper : one family's journey to the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner

His brother's keeper : one family's journey to the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner

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His brother's keeper : one family's journey to the edge of medicine
Title
His brother's keeper
Title remainder
one family's journey to 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.'
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
ON8
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weiner, Jonathan
Dewey number
616.830092
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC406.A24
LC item number
W45 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Heywood, Stephen
  • Heywood, Jamie
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Brothers
  • Genetic engineering
  • Biotechnology
Label
His brother's keeper : one family's journey to the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner
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Instantiates
Publication
Edition
1st Ecco pbk. ed.
Extent
1 online resource (356, 14 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035613002
Label
His brother's keeper : one family's journey to the edge of medicine, Jonathan Weiner
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Publication
Edition
1st Ecco pbk. ed.
Extent
1 online resource (356, 14 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035613002

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