Healing the Brain by Curt Freed

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In May 1995, neurologist Curt Freed began one of the most dramatic experiments in the history of medicine: the attempt to treat sufferers of Parkinson's disease by grafting human stem cells into their brains.

Of the forty patients who volunteered for Freed's new treatment, half underwent authentic surgery. The other half, who had received placebo surgery, felt their last hope dissolve into bitter frustration. But the hardest road lay ahead for those who had been given the highly experimental procedure. Healing the Brain captures the emotional events that unfolded in the months afterward as Freed, his researchers, and their courageous, desperate patients awaited the outcome and witnessed a moral debate unfolding across the nation over embryonic stem-cell medicine. Would the brain regenerate itself or reject the new cells? This pioneering team was willing to take perilous risks to find out.

Healing the Brain is a moving, fascinating narrative about discovery and disillusionment, conflict and compassion, suffering and -- for some -- amazing success.

About Curt Freed

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Curt Freed, M.D., is the director of the neuroscience and neurotransplant programs at the University of Colorado and the director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. He lives in Denver, Colorado. Simon LeVay, Ph.D., a neuroscientist who has taught at Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, is the author of The Sexual Brain and Queer Science. He lives in West Hollywood, California.
Published June 12, 2002 by Times Books. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Freed, director of the neuroscience and neurotransplant programs at the University of Colorado, organized some of the earliest American fetal tissue transplant experiments on Parkinson's Disease patients in 1995.

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