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The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law is Undermining 21st Century Medicine

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Never before have two revolutions with so much potential to save and prolong human life occurred simultaneously. The converging, synergistic power of the biochemical and digital revolutions now allows us to read every letter of life’s code, create precisely targeted drugs to control it, and tailor their use to individual patients. Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and countles
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Basic Books
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Scott Seeger
Oct 07, 2015 Scott Seeger rated it really liked it
A really interesting take on cancer. I think the strength of the author is his ignorance on the subject - and I mean that as a compliment. Whereas other cancer books are written by doctors and have a one sided approach, Mr. Huber's has more of a laymen s approach.

He talks about how the dinosaurs had cancer, how some researchers don't even call it a disease but rather a phanomon that happens as you age, like balding or wrinkly skin. Cancer is nothing more than cellular mutations that happen to be
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Simcha Wood
Sep 24, 2015 Simcha Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally, I come across a book that I can't but help to classify as a must-read, whatever drawbacks it might have. This is one such book (and, fortunately, its drawbacks are minimal).

First and foremost, Peter Huber's The Cure in the Code is a damning analysis of the ability of the FDA's current regulatory system to keep up with advances in medical science. Or, as Huber so pithily puts it, germs don't "have to be smarter than our scientists anymore, just faster than our lawyers." Huber provid
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Zala
Mar 29, 2015 Zala rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 2.5 stars.
This is a pretty good general overview of the interaction between pharmaceutical companies and the regulatory environment they find themselves in (basically, what I gleaned from it, is that it's a clusterfuck of stringent FDA trial scripts and regulations that, at worst, incentivize companies to abandon their drugs), along with some history of the progression of modern medicine and interesting chemical/biological tidbits.

But, it seems that Huber is more of an academic idealist
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Benjamin
If blind doctors keep treating the crowd assembled for the regulatory organs' benefit, they will lose the molecular science in the crowd. The drug won't get licensed and the disease won't get cured.
Nathan
Jan 13, 2015 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, with some good topics that are brought up. Just wish book was a little easier to read and more clearly written.
Kristin Deloach
Feb 07, 2016 Kristin Deloach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A VERY heady read. Took me nearly a month to complete. Full of a lot of hard science vocabulary. However, it's definitely one of my most influential books on my bookshelf.
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