Cured

Cured

How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science

Format
ePub
Price
$14.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9780698148543
  • 336 Pages
  • Dutton
  • Adult

Overview

“Nathalia Holt presents a thorough account of the research that provides scientists with hope that a cure will one day be achievable… and her empathy shines through in her prose. This is as important a social history as it is a medical document.”—The Daily Beast
 
Two patients—each known in medical history as the Berlin Patient—were cured of the HIV virus. The two patients’ disparate cures came twelve years apart, but Nathalia Holt, an award-winning scientist at the forefront of HIV research, connects the molecular dots of these cases for the first time.
 
Scientists are known to maintain a professional distance from those they study, but sometimes scientists are not just investigators, they are caregivers, too. Cured illustrates that even in the era of high-tech and big pharma, the way doctors and patients communicate remains a critical ingredient in the advance of this science. Holt offers a kind of hope that the thirty-four million people currently infected with HIV need and a story of ingenuity, dedication, and humanity that will inspire the rest of us.

Praise

“I am eagerly anticipating Nathalia Holt’s telling of the Berlin Patients and the implications of their apparent cure from HIV infection.”
—David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate for Medicine, professor of Biology, and former president, California Institute of Technology
Praise for Cured

“In this accessible and fascinating account, Holt, a research scientist trained at MIT and Harvard…brings to light the remarkable early breakthroughs in treating a once fatal condition.” - Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating discourse on how medical science is zeroing in on an HIV vaccine after several anomalous triumphs…An astute AIDS retrospective blended with contemporary updates on aggressive medical strategies.” - Kirkus Reviews

“In this exquisitely detailed telling of medicine’s desperate fight to control the HIV epidemic, author Nathalia Holt reminds us that all the best medical stories are foremost stories of people – their determination, their courage, and their ability, in the best of circumstances, to rewrite history in a way that protects us all.”—Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook
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