Plague

Plague

One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases

Book - 2014
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On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with twenty-four leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children. When Dr. Judy Mikovits finished her presentation the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, "Oh my God!" The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.
Publisher: New York :, Skyhorse Publishing,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781626365650
Characteristics: xlii, 415 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mikovits, Judy

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Apr 04, 2017

"Plague" is a fascinating book on many levels. It is the dramatic true story of Dr Mikovits' struggle to find answers for the chronically ill patients at the centre of her work on the XMRV retrovirus, during which she faced vilification and unlawful imprisonment.

It brings to light how scientific integrity can suffer as a result of egos, vested interests, prejudices and politics. It also points to inadvertent and highly detrimental repercussions that can result from scientific endeavours, which should be of great interest to scientists and medical practitioners, and anyone contemplating a career in these areas.

Those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Prostate Cancer, or have a child with Autism may find some insights in this book. Though some of the scientific information might seem a bit daunting, it is generally explained simply enough for lay persons to understand.

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