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The Resource Chasing my cure : a doctor's race to turn hope into action : a memoir, David Fajgenbaum, M.D

Chasing my cure : a doctor's race to turn hope into action : a memoir, David Fajgenbaum, M.D

Label
Chasing my cure : a doctor's race to turn hope into action : a memoir
Title
Chasing my cure
Title remainder
a doctor's race to turn hope into action : a memoir
Statement of responsibility
David Fajgenbaum, M.D
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The inspiring memoir of a young doctor and former college athlete who became a champion for people suffering from rare, under-researched diseases--all while battling his own. A former Georgetown quarterback nicknamed "The Beast," David Fajgenbaum was also a force in medical school, where he was known for his unmatched mental stamina. But things changed dramatically when he began suffering from inexplicable fatigue. In a matter of weeks, his organs were failing and he was read his last rites. Doctors were baffled over a condition they had yet to even diagnose; floating in and out of consciousness, Fajgenbaum prayed for the equivalent of game day overtime: a second chance. Miraculously, Fajgenbaum survived, but only to endure repeated near-death relapses from what would eventually be identified as a form of Castleman disease--an extremely deadly and rare condition that acts like a cross between cancer and an autoimmune disease. When he relapsed on the only drug in development and realized that the medical community was unlikely to make progress in time to save his life, Fajgenbaum turned his desperate hope for a cure into concrete action: between hospitalizations he studied his own charts and tested his own blood samples, looking for clues that could unlock a new treatment. With the help of family, friends and mentors, he also reached out to other Castleman disease patients and physicians, and eventually came up with an ambitious plan to crowdsource the most promising research questions and recruit world-class researchers to tackle them; instead of waiting for the scientific stars to align, he proposed to align them himself. More than five years later and now married to his college sweetheart, his hard work has paid off: a treatment that he identified has induced a tentative remission and his novel approach to collaborative scientific inquiry has become a blueprint for advancing rare disease research. His incredible story demonstrates the potency of hope, and what can happen when forces of determination, love, family, faith and serendipity collide"--
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Biography type
autobiography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fajgenbaum, David C
Dewey number
  • 616.99/4460092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC280.L9
LC item number
F35 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fajgenbaum, David C.,
  • Lymph nodes
  • Physicians
  • Physicians
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying
Label
Chasing my cure : a doctor's race to turn hope into action : a memoir, David Fajgenbaum, M.D
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090283676
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
241 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781524799618
Lccn
2019011796
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1090283676
Label
Chasing my cure : a doctor's race to turn hope into action : a memoir, David Fajgenbaum, M.D
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090283676
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
241 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781524799618
Lccn
2019011796
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1090283676

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