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Digital and biochemical revolutions have made it possible to decode what ails us and help determine the remedy—if only Washington and the FDA would get out of the way—argues Huber, a lawyer and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, in this provocative, optimistic look at modern medicine. He envisions a free-market ideology for drug development and usage that, thanks to digital technology, will cheaply design new drugs and predict how well they perform and on whom. But Huber, who popularized the term junk science with his 1991 book Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom, believes Washington nudges doctors away from the Hippocratic oath to prescribe regimens for the good of my patients and toward veterinarian ethics—the sick dog's treatment is determined by the master's willingness to pay. There's no middle ground in the war between the 20th and 21st century medicine, Huber believes—we must choose between medicine that deals with biochemical reality or is favored by crowd doctors who cling to the view that if they scrutinize, track, certify, and choreograph things just right, they can deliver better medicine to all from afar. Huber's challenge is sure to spark controversy as the U.S. adapts to the Affordable Care Act. (Nov.)

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Our ability to read the genetic code heralds a transformation of modern medicine. Yet many potential medical miracles remain throttled. Antiquated and stifling regulations and policies presently handcuff the evolution of molecular medicine. Huber, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, pleads for reforming the drug licensing system and advocates “a culture of discovery and creativity that is willing to take risks and invest patiently in the future.” He cites Herceptin for breast cancer, Gleevec for chronic myelogenous leukemia, and a cocktail of antiviral agents for HIV as examples of the might of molecular medicine. He blames a “muddled and often self-contradictory legal regime”—which includes federal government agencies (notably the FDA), insurance company guidelines, judges, and trial lawyers—for suffocating the advancement of molecular science. Presently, the development of new drugs and vaccines is often a dawdling, more expensive than necessary, and sometimes volatile process. Although Huber’s discussion of the topic is at times dense, his ardor for invigorating pharmaceutical progress is apparent on every page of this scholarly work. --Tony Miksanek
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465050689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465050680
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Thorne on November 2, 2013
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This is a well-written and important book on the future of medicine and regulation of medicine. Don't confuse it with the debates on the Affordable Care Act; it's about the regulatory impediments to investment in and approval of new medicines. Like Huber's earlier books, this one has lots of interesting stories (some funny, many tragic) to make the broader points concrete and memorable. The opening chapter is as tightly written and compelling as Dawkins's Selfish Gene.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George E. Jones on December 26, 2013
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The Cure in the Code book is exciting in the new paradigm of what mankind can now start to think about in a serious way .... partial Victory Over Mortality.

It's about Mr. Huber's scholarly take on HealthSpan via molecular medicine break throughs applied in personalized and individualized ways to the parts of our DNA which regulate the Aging Process and our HealthSpan.

The biggest impediment to improving our HealthSpan is the U.S. Government and in particular the bureaucratic early 1900 mindset at the FDA.

If President Obama wanted to make a seismic change there he should appoint some like Peter Huber to head the FDA,

Watch this video then buy this book. [...]
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The author provides a succinct and easily understood synthesis of recent breakthroughs in scientific technologies and capabilities to illustrate the unprecedented opportunity we now have to reduce human suffering and dramatically improve health of humans worldwide. He then summarizes current U.S. legislation that guides the FDA regulatory process for development of novel therapeutics, articulates how the regulations were appropriate when originally written, and then makes a compelling argument to illustrate how the current regulations are actually impeding progress. More important and more impressive - he provides thoughtful and provocative solutions to facilitate and accelerate progress.

A must read for everyone in the health care industry, especially anyone interested in how to facilitate development of novel therapeutics for currently untreatable diseases.

Actually, this is a must read for every U.S. citizen as it is only through reform of our outdated regulatory laws that the potential of modern scientific understanding can be unleashed and fully realized.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Winters on February 25, 2014
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The biology is really interesting and clearly presented. The politics is shocking. Good read. I'm glad I'm too old to be affected by all this future stuff.
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