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In search of the lost cord : solving the mystery of spinal cord regeneration
Vikhanski, Luba.
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Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, [2001]

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xiii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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RD594.3 .V553 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In Search of the Lost Cord is a scientific detective story, the stuff of science fiction en route to science fact. People trapped by the limitation of paralyzed limbs, rendered useless by devastating, catastrophic injuries to their spinal cords, may one day walk again. If the research is successful... if the scientists hit on the right strategy for approaching the problem, we may yet see miracles happen. In her new book, science journalist Luba Vikhanski profiles the rapidly developing field of spinal cord injury research. She explains the field's greatest scientific challenges and introduces us to the pioneers who are working toward what would be a startling breakthrough. Perhaps the most riveting aspect of this international effort is the fact that each of these scientists is approaching the problem in very different ways. In the worldwide race to claim the prize of a cure, we witness a drama in the making. Who will cross the finish line first? Will it be the Swiss scientist Martin Schwab, who has actually managed to heal spinal cords in rats and has restored their ability to walk? Will it be Wise Young, a Rutgers scientist who is pinning his research hopes on drug therapies? Or

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Library Journal Review

People with spinal cord injuries caused by car accidents and other traumatic events have generally been considered hopeless cases destined to a life of paralysis. But in recent years, there have been dramatic advances in spinal cord regeneration research. Medical journalist Vikhanski (An Informed Patient's Guide to Breast Surgery) presents a history of this research and provides insight into current developments that may offer the paralyzed hope for the future. New treatments on the horizon include an immune therapy procedure that has been tested in Israel with human subjects and possibilities for mechanical neural prostheses. Vikhanski's writing is a little dry and perhaps too scientific for some general readers, but interested parties will have no problem keeping up. Including a helpful appendix of scientific terms, this is recommended for consumer health collections, rehabilitation hospitals, and large academic and public libraries. Elizabeth Williams, Fresno City Coll. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In recent years, research into treatment technologies for patients with spinal cord injuries has received greater attention from the general public, due in large part to the efforts of public figures such as actor Christopher Reeve. Behind the scenes, however, the ideas behind spinal cord regeneration and repair have existed for more than 100 years. In Search of the Lost Cord chronicles many of the significant research contributions and accomplishments of neuroscientists and spinal cord researchers throughout the world. Science journalist Vikhanski presents a historic perspective of studies on nerve degeneration and repair and tells of the scientists who challenged dogma that the central nervous system is incapable of regeneration. Lines of thought and experiments are clearly described to present a very interesting overview and up-to-date account of the field of spinal cord regeneration. With an easy-to-read and captivating style, this book tells an exciting but unfinished story filled with optimistic hope for the future treatment of spinal cord injuries. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. M. A. Palladino Monmouth University