Quest for the Killers by June Goodfield (auth.), June Goodfield (eds.)

By June Goodfield (auth.), June Goodfield (eds.)

The 5 tales during this booklet are stories approximately humans and the human situation during which they locate themselves. they're tales of scientists - yet no longer of white-coated laboratory figures, satisfied to go away to others the sensible software in their discoveries. within the conditions I recount, the scientists have been introduced nose to nose, occasionally in dramatic confrontations, with the very humans whose difficulties their paintings can help clear up. As I got here to gain, there now exists a global community of bizarre scientists whose individuals are involved participants, deter­ mined that their clinical paintings may help alleviate the human . This ebook was once conceived as an account of a few fascinating epi­ sodes in modern biomedicine. yet through the 4 years it took to accomplish, numerous different issues emerged. First, each one tale illustrates features of the relation among Western technological know-how and expertise and people significant illnesses that are usually of dreadful value for the 3rd international. during this relation the culmination of Western study aren't easily utilized to worldwide illnesses. really the relation is reciprocal, for clinical study, even if triggered by way of the clinical difficulties of the 3rd international or truly performed there, is yielding very important clues to many basic facets of human biology, in addition to pointing towards attainable cures for the intense illnesses of Western society, akin to melanoma or the dementi as of outdated age. After I had written the 1st draft a moment subject matter emerged.

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Bennett never contradicted anything they said - indeed, he was very receptive - it was clear that this was not the kind of information he and his colleagues wished to hear. Their data showed that kuru had spread so rapidly in living memory that there was no way a simplistic gene model could accommodate the fact. Still, Glasse and Lindenbaum were encouraged to continue their research and within three months they were back in New Guinea, seeking additional data on a possible correlation between cannibalism and kuru.

Staring, amazed, Gibbs saw the human disease mirrored in these animals. It was so incredible, he now says, that he couldn't believe what he was seeing. Gajdusek was out of the country; Gibbs was in charge and wasn't sure what to do next. For a couple of weeks the group watched the disease progress into its terminal stages, and then decided to sacrifice the animal. They flew in one of their closest collaborators, Dr. Elisabeth Beck, a neuropathologist from England. Four people from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology also came to help.

1963 1965 1967 1969 1971 1973 1975 1977 YEAR The overall incidence of kuru deaths in male and female patients by year since its discovery in 1957 through 1977. More than 2,500 patients died of kuru during this 20-year period of surveillance. The decline in incidence of the disease followed the cessation of cannibalism, which occurred between 1957 and 1962 in various villages. (D. C arleton Cajdusek) Dr. Gajdusek at work in the Anga (Kukukuku) region of New Guinea in 1972, surrounded by his usual crowd.

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