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Volume 1, Issue 1
Spring 2005:

His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine by Jonathan Weiner

Review by: Richard M. Ratzan, MD

Cell 2 Soul. 2005 Spring; 1(1):a7

Ecco (2004); 368 pages; ISBN: 006001007X

His Brother's Keeper is a book length version about Stephen Heywood, a young carpenter diagnosed several years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, as reported by Jonathan Weiner, a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist. Perhaps more importantly, it is the confluence of several stories involving Stephen, most dramatically the narrative relating the efforts by his brother Jamie, one of many engineers in this story about the reaction of engineers to a nosological problem, to reverse the course of Stephen's ALS. In the course of this richly documented book, the reader is introduced to sophisticated concepts involving medical ethics, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and the economic implications of such enterprises.

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