When nature, in her ultimate act of irony, strikes Richard Powell, a cancer specialist, with malignant melanoma, a highly aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Terri devotes her life to curing the disease that ultimately kills her husband.
While research laboratories are characterized as noble in search of cures, and proprietary drug companies are caricatured as ruthless and materialistic, too often, the distinctions aren't so clear. The murder of a drug courier to obtain an experimental and promising treatment for malignant melanoma, unleashes a chain of devastating consequences.
People for Alternative Treatment, a company created to find cures for rare diseases, had fallen on hard times and become a subsidiary of Kendall Pharmaceuticals, a company with very different values. Experimentation with a vaccine against tuberculosis is showing surprising effects in controlling malignant melanoma at UC Medical Center. Kendall is enthralled with the economic potential of such a treatment, while researchers are leery and have many unanswered questions. Kendall's determination to push the vaccine into clinical trial at all costs is in conflict with Terri and her ethical associates. When clinical trials begin, the vaccine's effects are miraculous. Soon, however, we see the rule of unintended consequences.
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A cure for cancer at what cost?
It was interesting because we all hope for a cure to Cancer.
It was in part interesting because we would all like to think that the researchers of drugs are looking out for the patients best interest. I'd like to think that one day that they will find a drug that will boast out immune system enough to kill cancer with out having to use dangerous methods.
She made Terri believable and lovable. I don't think I've listened to anything by Leigh before but I would be willing to again after listening to this book.
Just that I really could see a Pharmaceutical company not caring about the patients at all and only the bottom line. So I'd have to say that really is a bad thing. When people are just wanting to be able to beat something like cancer. It really wouldn't surprise me to hear in the news one day a real life story something like this.
I recommend this book as something very interesting to listen to.
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- SUZANNE M. HARPER