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Dr. Folkman's War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat Cancer

by Cooke, Robert

  • ISBN: 9780375502446
  • ISBN10: 0375502440

Dr. Folkman's War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat Cancer

by Cooke, Robert

  • List Price: $25.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish date: 01/01/2004
  • ISBN: 9780375502446
  • ISBN10: 0375502440
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Description: In early 1998, New York Times science writer Gina Kolata wrote an excited front-page story about Dr. Judah Folkman's groundbreaking work on cancer. She quoted Nobel laureate Dr. James Watson saying that, in time, Folkman would be considered the twentieth century's Darwin and that Folkman's work would cure cancer in two years. The result of such news was predictable: a media firestorm, followed by an inevitable backlash. For while medicines just then emerging from Folkman's laboratory were curing many forms of cancer, completely and without side effects, success was seen only in mice. Doing the same in humans seemed a long time away.

Now that time seems near. Dr. Folkman's theory of anti-angiogenesis -- that cancer cells can be starved by cutting off their blood supply -- has gone into fast-track clinical trials. The new agents rank among the most important new weapons in the war against cancer to emerge in our time. Already, scores of patients thought doomed have had their cancers cured.

Doctor Folkman's War is the chronicle of an epoch-making scientific achievement and the story of a man who turned his back on a golden career in surgery to embark on a lonely and lifelong pursuit of a challenging idea. It was an idea roundly ridiculed and dismissed as ludicrous, but it could turn the tide against cancer and could have an impact on several dozen other stubborn ailments -- soon. Science journalist Robert Cooke is the only writer who has been given complete and exclusive access to Judah Folkman and his staff, and he is also following patients taking part in clinical trials. The result is an electrifying, intimate account of the making of medical history.

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