In about a month my new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, should be available as an e-book from the publisher and from Amazon. It’s available for pre-order now at Amazon here. The “real” book (i.e. the one made of paper) should be available in September. The book costs $29. Any writers out there interested in doing a review please contact me.
As I’ve said before, I wrote this book in part because I wanted to learn more about stem cells and had gone looking in vain to find a stem cell book that had what I was looking for: opinions, cutting edge ideas, an easy reading style that at the same time wouldn’t insult one’s intelligence….I couldn’t find anything like that so I decided to try to write one.
I also enjoy humor in what I read and that was completely lacking in books on stem cells. It’s also generally lacking in science books overall. I tried to inject some humor into my book.
I thanked some people in the preface to my book who have been instrumental in helping me not only with the book, but also the past 3 years with advocacy and learning stem cell street smarts to be frank. My book is in one way an attempt to bottle up their collective wisdom and stir in some opinions of my own.
In the book I tried to call it like I see it in terms of key challenges and even secrets and misdeeds, but I also focus on the positive.
For example, I highlighted 4 stem cell biotech good citizens…any guesses on which four companies I called out for their positive actions?
I’ve also picked out 11 of the most important diseases/injuries and talk about how stem cells might work to treat or even cure them in the future:
- Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
I also have an entire section on stem cell patient rights and another on great patient advocates.
I am excited as this book gets nearer to reality. I hope you will read it and find it interesting. Even if you do not agree with some of my opinions, I’m betting you’ll find it makes you think in new ways about stem cells. My primary goals to get people thinking and talking more about stem cells, to challenge them, and to provide an entertaining, even fun read.
2 thoughts on “Stem Cells An Insider’s Guide: More on My New Book”
Dr. Knoepfler: I would certainly be interested in receiving a courtesy copy of your book, for review.
Helen MacDonald-Piquard, M.Sc.
Sr. Biologist / Evaluator
Centre for Blood and Tissues Evaluation (CBTE) / Centre d’évaluation du sang et des tissus (CEST)
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