The Family That Couldn't Sleep : A Medical Mystery, Library Edition (CompactDisc)

Author: Max, D. T.

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In The Family That Couldn''t Sleep, essayist and journalist D. T. Max tells the spellbinding story of the prion''s hidden past and deadly future. Through exclusive interviews and original archival research, Max explains this story''s connection to human greed and ambition-from the Prussian chemist Justus von Liebig, who made cattle meatier by feeding them the flesh of other cows, to New Guinean natives whose custom of eating the brains of the dead nearly wiped them out. The biologists who have investigated these afflictions are just as extraordinary-for example, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, a self-described "pedagogic pedophiliac pediatrician" who cracked kuru and won the Nobel Prize, and another Nobel winner, Stanley Prusiner, a driven, feared self-promoter who identified the key protein that revolutionized prion study.With remarkable precision, grace, and sympathy, Max-who himself suffers from an inherited neurological illness-explores maladies that have tormented humanity for centuries a

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Publisher Tantor Media Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400132898
SKU 202873115
Format CD
ISBN10 1400132894
Release Date 4/10/2007
Product Attributes
Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Number of Pages 5
Publisher Tantor Media
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