Is the Future of Medicine in
with creative and controversial thinkers who are changing the future
physician Ignaz Semmelweis started making the claim that poor sanitation
was responsible for spreading illness from one patient to another,
people laughed. After enduring the mockery of his fellow physicians,
Semmelweis' controversial idea that washing one's hands helps to
prevent the spread of disease was eventually vindicated by science.
Despite the often strong resistance and ridicule that physicians
like Semmelweis encounter throughout history, these courageous mavericks
are largely responsible for the greatest advances in medicine.
From his own interviews with 22 modern-day eminent physicians and
cutting-edge researchers, David Jay Brown, in his book, Mavericks
of Medicine: Conversations on the Frontiers of Medical Research,
sheds light on where modern medicine may be evolving.
Risk-takers and rebels, these “Mavericks of Medicine”
frequently challenge conventional wisdom and stir firestorms of
controversy. Some are ridiculed, even reviled. Yet these same people
are discovering some of history's greatest medical breakthroughs,
changing the path of medicine, and opening up the prospect for further
In interviews with brilliant and controversial medical researchers
and practitioners like Jack Kevorkian, Andrew Weil, Bernie Siegel
and Barry Sears, and stem cell pioneer Michael West, Brown reveals
“proposed solutions for what’s wrong with modern medicine,
ideas about reversing the aging process and suggestions that can
lead to a future in which all diseases are easily curable.”
“We are living in truly astonishing times,” Brown says.
“Technology theorist and inventor Dr. Ray Kurzweil told me
that nanobots, blood cell-size devices that could go inside the
body and keep us healthy from the inside, will be commonplace in
about two decades.”
Just 20 years ago, depression went largely untreated and the U.S.
death rate from heart disease was a third higher than it is today.
Forward-thinking mavericks sparked transformations in each of those
realms and now stand on the verge of even greater ones.
As science reveals more about the chemistry of mental function,
diseases ranging from addiction to Alzheimer's could become as manageable
as high blood pressure. With luck, several drugs that target the
underlying mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease could reach the clinic
before the first Baby Boomer turns 70.
interviews in “Mavericks of Medicine” provide a treasure-trove
of practical suggestions that anyone can use to improve their health
today and they offer an exciting vision of what’s to come.
“When we look at the future of medicine,” Brown says,
“We see incredible possibilities that border on the miraculous.”
of Medicine: Conversations on the Frontiers of Medical Research
by David Jay Brown
Publisher: Smart Publications
Available at: www.amazon.com
David Jay Brown is the
author of three previous volumes of interviews with leading-edge
thinkers, Mavericks of the Mind, Voices from the Edge, and Conversations
on the Edge of the Apocalypse. He is also the author of two science
fiction novels, Brainchild and Virus. David holds a master’s
degree in psychobiology from New York University , and was responsible
for the California-based research in two of British biologist Rupert
Sheldrake’s books on unexplained phenomena in science: Dogs
That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and The Sense of Being
Stared At. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California .
To learn more about David Jay Brown, visit www.mavericksofmedicine.com.
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