His Brother's Keeper: One Family's Journey to the Edge of Medicine by Jonathan WeinerHis Brother's Keeper: One Family's Journey to the Edge of Medicine by Jonathan Weiner

His Brother's Keeper: One Family's Journey to the Edge of Medicine

byJonathan Weiner

Paperback | June 14, 2005

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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.

"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.'"

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country: his books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared inThe New Yorker,Slate,Time,The New York Times Magazine,The Washington Post,The New Republic,Scientific Am...
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Title:His Brother's Keeper: One Family's Journey to the Edge of MedicineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:June 14, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060010088

ISBN - 13:9780060010089

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Reading Incredible, heart-warming, gut-wrenching true story of a young man diagnosed with a devastating disease and the members of his family who demonstrate incredible commitment and determination to make a difference by taking the world of science and research into their own hands. An amazing portrait of what we are capable of doing and accomplishing when trying to save the people we love.
Date published: 2007-09-24