May 29, 2011

Review - The Quest For The Cure (Brent R. Stockwell)

Introducing the reader to the fascinating and important topic of the future of drug development, Brent R. Stockwell explores how scientists are trying to find new treatments for seemingly uncurable diseases and the need for innovative new approaches in his book The Quest For The Cure.
With an in depth look at both the medical angle, as well as the crucial role of the pharmaceutical industry, this is, for the most parts, a comprehensibly written book on the matter. Aimed at a general audience the narrative of the book is unfortunately varying strongly between easily to comprehend chapters and chapters in which I admittedly had troubles when it came to understand all the chemical and biological details the author provided. You could say, a little medical background knowledge certainly won't hurt when reading the book.
From the scientific achievements of the twentieth century, to the proteins involved in the search for medicines, straight to new approaches in drug design and promising emerging techniques of drug discovery, Stockwell gives the reader a wide overview on the topic. The author also shares his entrepreneurial experience with insights on the potential of studying combinations of approved drugs, giving the book an autobiographic touch. Personally I would have wished for less scientific details and a closer look at the industry as such. Nonetheless an interesting read in which I learned quite a few new things!
In short: An engaging book on the future of drug discovery!

3/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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