My Lifelong Fight Against Disease: From Polio and AIDS to COVID-19

My Lifelong Fight Against Disease: From Polio and AIDS to COVID-19

by William A. Haseltine PhD


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Anticipating a career in medicine, Dr. William A. Haseltine was in his first weeks of graduate studies at Harvard when a legendary physician-scientist offered this advice: “You can do more for human health through science than you ever could as a doctor.” That advice hit him “like a thunderbolt”—and he took it.
Since then, Dr. Haseltine has helped combat cancers, worked to contain the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and unlocked the power of the human genome to develop dozens of new pharmaceutical cures. His discoveries in molecular biology and genomics, amplified through his counsel at the highest level of government and in the public eye, have improved the health and lives of millions of people around the world.
For the first time, Dr. Haseltine tells his life story—which is still unfolding—in My Lifelong Fight Against Disease, including facing devastating public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighting exhilarating moments of medical discovery. In writing the story of his wide ranging career, Dr. Haseltine’s goals are simple: to encourage the next generation to make their own significant contribution to human life, and for all readers to appreciate science as a humanistic enterprise.
A compulsively readable and fast-paced insider’s account of some of the most brilliant medical breakthroughs in modern history, My Lifelong Fight Against Disease is a candid, evocative, and ultimately revelatory exploration into what it means to make science your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645438267
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 02/16/2021
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 1,186,250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

William A. Haseltine, PhD is a scientist, businessman, philanthropist, and author. He is an internationally recognized expert on COVID-19 and is often sought out for advice on how to confront pandemics. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and is well known for his pioneering work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He has founded more than a dozen biotechnology companies, including Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Eight pharmaceutical products from companies he founded are currently approved by U.S. and international regulatory agencies. He is the author of more than two hundred peer reviewed manuscripts and ten books, including two books on COVID: A Family Guide to Covid and A Covid Back to School Guide. He is currently chair and president of the global health think tank ACCESS Health International.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I 1985: Racing to Fund the AIDS Fight 7

A Passion for Healing 17

A Love for Science 23

Parallax Vision 33

Part II

Opening to the World 51

Opening of the Mind 67

Is There Life on Mars? 77

Making Mental Maps 85

Political Awakenings 93

Around the World in Ninety Days 101

Part III

Destination: Hot Lab 115

No Points for Disproving Theories 127

Making Magic Spot 141

What Have We Learned? 151

Investigating the War Machine 163

On the Trail of Virus and Cancer 173

Part IV

A Harvard Professor 189

Frontlines of New Cancer Treatments 199

Human Retroviruses 209

HIV/AIDS: The Science 215

Anti-HIV Drug Targets 227

AIDS: Mobilizing the Response 243

"Aren't You Billy Haseltine?" 261

The Largest Commitment of Any Nation 275

Part V

Biotech Entrepreneur 287

A Perishable Diamond 301

Hitting the Mark 315

Genes to Drugs 331

Defeating Anthrax 345

Birth of an Idea: Regenerative Medicine 359

Part VI

Think Tank, Advisory in Global Health 377

From Singapore to China 393

Higher Quality Care, Lower Cost 407

Influence, Impact 423

Part VII

The Next Chapter 439

Acknowledgments 443

Appendices 445

Bibliography 447

Notes 453

Photo Credits 471

Index 473

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