This book is the story of an inherited blood disease — Cooley's anemia or beta thalassemia. Cooley's anemia is a severe and potentially fatal anemia that affects millions of people worldwide. Written by a world-recognized expert on the disease who has contributed greatly to the scientific understanding of the pathophysiology of this human hemoglobin disorder, the book describes the emotional and medical impact of the disease on patients and their families. It also summarizes the research on the disease at the level of the genes, DNA, RNA, and proteins. In addition, it also includes chapters on current therapy and future approaches to the disease, such as gene therapy, stem cell transplantation, and antenatal diagnosis.
A multidisciplinary book covering the fields of hematology, pediatrics, medicine, genetics, and molecular biology, the book details how Cooley's anemia serves as a model for understanding other human genetic and acquired diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, and heart disease. It also provides new insights which may lead to new therapies.
Patients and Families:
Love and Loss
In the Beginning
Nunzio: One of a Kind
A Life on the Run
The Big Alpha
Human Globin Messages
Finding the Genes
The Ultimate Answers
You Can't Go Home Again
The Best Medicine: Current Care and Future Goals:
The Standard of Care
Human Beta Globin Gene Therapy
The Last Chapter
Readership: Hematologists, molecular biologists, clinical researchers, students and medical personnel at all levels interested in science and medicine.
Describes Cooley's anemia from the perspectives of clinical science, basic science, and patient care
Written by an international expert on Cooley's anemia whose work has led to major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease
Summarizes the author's extensive research in Cooley's anemia, and reviews the progress in the understanding of this specific human genetic disease
Is of interest not just to scientists, clinicians, physicians, healthcare professionals, and students, but also to the educated general public