Book Reviews


Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond (How Ordinary People Can Fight Back against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease – with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve)

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World Scientific Publishing

 

 

LIBRARIAN THOUGHTS

“A well-written book on a technical and challenging subject, Stem Cell Battles is a real page-turner.

In my experience as a reference librarian and library manager in my community, I have valued books such as this one that treat a difficult subject in such detail and are readable as well.

The book fills a gap in public library collections, and would be useful in academic collections as well. The author carefully footnotes and documents his material; the reader can see the reliability of the subject coverage, and can easily follow up for further information. The book is appropriate for students doing research, for any general reader, and for anyone who is– or knows– the one in two Americans with an incurable disease or disability.

Since his son Roman Reed’s football accident and paralysis, Reed has devoted his life to stem cell advocacy. He led the effort to create and pass California legislation, the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999, which has raised millions for paralysis research. Reed worked with the inspirational Bob Klein to pass California’s Proposition 71 in 2004, establishing the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Known as “the grandfather of stem cell research advocacy”, Reed currently works as Vice President of Americans for Cures Foundation.

In 71 chapters, plus a 2004 posthumous foreword by Christopher Reeve and several appendices, STEM CELL BATTLES is riveting and well told.

This is a book that I will enthusiastically recommend to friends, family, and colleagues.”
–Sandi Pantages, former Manager, Fremont Main Library, Fremont, California

“COLORFUL COMMENTARY”

“ A colorful commentary on the grand stem cell experiment in California – by someone who has been an advocate for, and worked with the agency from the very beginning”

Ellen G. Feigal, M.D., former SVP of Research and Development, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and current Partner, NDA Partners, LLD.

“CONTINUING STRUGGLE”

“Don Reed’s book captures important history in the continuing struggle for rational and caring public policy grounded in sound science. Reed’s deeply personal account is a battlefield dispatch of a citizen-soldier in the political wars that confront the search for cures.”

–Dan Perry, Founder, Alliance for Aging Research; and former president Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR).

“KEY ACQUISITION, NOT TO BE MISSED”

“Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond offers the rare blend of science geared for lay readers, discussions of political struggles surrounding that science, and inspirational stories of those who suffer from chronic illness and who look to stem cell research for answers. As such, it’s a highly recommended pick for any involved in stem cell concerns; whether it be from a scientist’s perspective, a politician’s viewpoint, or from a patient seeking relief.

So much has been in the news about stem cell battles that one might expect this book will be redundant; but in actuality the news reports have been widely scattered, are usually quite narrow in scope and approach, and fail to analyze all the concerns in one place.

Stem Cell Battles surveys progress already made, processes in the works, and lives changed as a result, with an eye to exposing innovative programs, sources of discomfort, and how international cooperation has gone hand in hand with stem cell research.

It’s a war unlike any other: a war challenging religious beliefs and ethical, moral, health, and political concerns alike; and it comes from an author who has spent decades raising funds for scientists and defending their freedom to research.

Its focus on California achievements, in particular, lends to a discussion that juxtaposes the personal (including the author’s own struggle with cancer) with the political in a rare, wide-ranging discussion that no health collection should be without. Add insights into how ordinary people can help and you have a key acquisition not to be missed by readers with any degree of interest or curiosity in stem cell research’s promises, controversies, and very human concerns.”

–D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews

“CALIFORNIA’S FIGHT AGAINST INCURABLE DISEASE”

“In 2098, the world will mark 100 years since the first isolation of human embryonic stem cells. Historians of that time undoubtedly will praise the countless stem cell researchers who fought incurable, chronic disease and won—saving lives and transforming medicine in the process.

But they’ll also applaud the efforts of non-scientists like Don Reed, a tenacious advocate for stem cell research and for people living with chronic disease and disability. No doubt those future historians will heavily reference Don’s soon to be released book: STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond: How Ordinary People Can Fight Back Against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease. Through first-hand accounts, he chronicles the early battles to get human stem cell research off the ground in California, the progress that’s been made so far and the promise for future therapies.

(The reader will)…enjoy his easy to understand writing style peppered with concrete statistics…

It’s no coincidence the STEM CELL BATTLES will hit the bookshelves on October 14th, World Stem Cell Awareness Day…”

–Todd Dubnicoff, STEM CELLAR, weblog of CIRM, May 28th, 2015

FROM FORMER PRESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA STEM CELL AGENCY

“Don C. Reed is an extraordinarily committed witness and analyst of the events that created California’s Proposition 71 in 2004 and the processes that flowed from implementation of the research into a new therapeutics based on stem cell biology and medical applications for regenerative medicine. In many respects he has lived as an anthropologist within the community of patient advocates that study and analyze the processes, decisions and outcomes of the board of citizens charged to decide how to expend the $3 billion for research and development awarded by the Proposition. He also followed closely the quality of the management team’s recommendations to the board of directors. He has attended far more of the public Independent Citizens Oversight Committee Meetings (board created by the Proposition), their public subcommittee and community presentations than any other single person. His insight and knowledge of the revolution occurring in stem cell science and medicine is astonishing. His optimism for the outcomes of the research is laudatory and his role in describing the history around this game changing community endeavor is a beacon for what can be achieved by all of us getting involved in opportunities created by innovative research. “Hats off “ to Don for caring enough to record these events in such logic, accuracy and detail.”

–Alan Trounson MSc, PhD, LLD
Professor and Distinguished Scientist of the Hudson Institute for Medical Research
Former President, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Melbourne, Australia
September, 2015

“…SHOULD BE READ BY… STUDENT(S) OF AMERICAN CIVICS…”

“In the early years of our new century, significant forces of reaction moved to criminalize, stigmatize and marginalize the advancement of stem cell science. Stem Cell Battles tells the story of the political combat which led to the creation of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Today stem cell research is lawful and funded but that is only so because of the activism of patient advocates like Don Reed. As someone who was there at the beginning I found Don’s book to be insightful, exciting and inspirational. …Stem Cell Battles should be read by any serious student of American civics.”

–Richard Arvedon, advocate, Father of child with Juvenile Diabetes

DOUBLE LIVER TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT

“Don Reed has shown the way in driving the inspiration and action for stem cell research—to change the course of health care for mankind. His book chronicles the incredible story of how a movement evolved in California and reverberated across America and around the world. Reading STEM CELL BATTLES will restore your faith in the ingenuity of people.”

Bill Remak, Chair/CEO California Hepatitis C Task Force,
Board Member, California Chronic Care Coalition
Double liver transplant recipient

FROM A STEM CELL RESEARCHER

“Don Reed has been the most articulate voice of patient advocacy for stem cell therapies for 10 years. He has a gift for explaining the science to the public, and when he speaks, people listen.”

–Jeanne F. Loring, Ph.D., Professor and Director,
Center for Regenerative Medicine
Department of Chemical Physiology
The Scripps Research Institute

TEXANS FOR ADVANCEMENT OF MEDICAL RESEARCH

“In his new book STEM CELL BATTLES, Don Reed tells the story of battles across America, including the Lone Star State, to protect stem cell research from legal annihilation. As fellow soldiers in those many fights, Texans like myself, Beckie McCleery, Nina Brown, Ellen Arnold and many more understand and share Don’s work to keep research safe… These chronicles of the critical years will engage anyone who wants to heal the many lives broken by chronic disease.”

–Judy Haley, President, Texans for the Advancement of Medical Research (TAMR).

Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond

Proposition 71 and Beyond (How Ordinary People Can Fight Back Against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease - with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve)

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2017
January
14

DONALD TRUMP AND THE GREAT STEM CELL DECISION

2016
December
27

WHEN THE DOLPHIN BROKE MY EAR

November
24

RECOUNT!

12

VOTER SUPPRESSION STEALS ELECTIONS

09

WHAT WOULD JOHN WAYNE DO?

06

HAVE YOU DONE EVERYTHING YOU CAN?

02

EVAN BAYH: Taking a Stand for Stem Cell Research

October
31

THE "WE" IN WOMEN: Why Hillary will Make a Great President

29

THE PRESIDENCY STOLEN AGAIN?

26

REPRODUCTIVE SERVITUDE? Joe Heck's Anti-Woman Personhood Bill

23

RO KHANNA FOR CONGRESS, MIKE HONDA FOR RETIREMENT

14

ROY BLUNT AND DONALD TRUMP: Is There Nothing That Can Be Done?

01

"Personhood Pence": VP Candidate May Criminalize-- Birth Control Pills?

September
25

HOW PRESIDENTS FIGHT

16

THE RETURN OF RUSS FEINGOLD: Wisconsin Senate Race Sums Up America

07

EMBRYONIC STEM CELL THERAPY RESTORES HAND FUNCTION TO PARALYZED MAN

August
31

Why Chinese-Americans should support Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto

15

FIGHT OF THE CENTURY: Democracy Depends on Ohio Senate Race

04

TIME TO "UN-RIG" THE SYSTEM!

July
29

A SPEECH WITH EVERYTHING RIDING ON IT

25

DEMOCRATS, DO NOT BE CHEATED!

20

Republican Party Goes Off the Deep End

11

HILLARY: "Walk on Through the Wind..."

June
25

THE SINGAPORE RESEARCH STORY

22

Berkeley Stem Cell Center in the Rain

09

AMERICA MUST NOT LOSE!

01

A NICKNAME FOR DONALD TRUMP?

May
21

MEETINGS WITH THE CLINTONS

12

OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, AND MEDICAL RESEARCH

March
21

STAND TOGETHER: of Dinosaurs and Orphan Diseases

10

"BATTLES" in Finals of Science Book Award

09

LOSS OF A STEM CELL CHAMPION: an Appreciation of Nancy Reagan

05

ONE QUIET GIANT LEAP TOWARDS PARALYSIS CURE

04

BOOK SIGNING

February
27

JAIL FOR STEM CELL RESEARCHERS? How Bernie Sanders Lost My Vote

January
30

Don on Radio

22

Huff Post Shows "Stem Cell Battles on Times Square"!

20

STEM CELL BATTLES--on Times Square?

18

To Roman Reed on His Birthday

16

"Cure Grows!" says New Book on California Stem Cell Program

2015
December
31

Whale Sharks, Outer Space and the World Stem Cell Summit

25

Four Hundred More Books-- and then the Grocery Store?

20

Getting Ready for Cure: Reason #5 to Buy "Stem Cell Battles"

18

The Kindness of Scientists: reason # 4 to buy "STEM CELL BATTLES"

08

WORLD STEM CELL SUMMIT TOMORROW!

07

Heroes in My Book

03

Winter Solstice and Stem Cells

November
26

Pre-Thanksgiving News-release about my new stem cell book

11

Why "The Big Bang Theory" Matters to Me

October
27

Riding to the Storm

20

Huff Post Picks up New Post!

17

In Celebration of Stem Cell Awareness Day

02

You’re Invited!

September
29

Huffington Post

28

Sickle Cell Disease

23

Parkinson's

21

20

JOIN US

18

Polycythemia

08

Invitation

04

Neurological Diseases

August
28

Stem Cell Battles

27

Wonder Women

27

Multiple Sclerosis

17

HIV/AIDS

14

Epidermolysis Bullosa

14

Most Terrifying Condition

13

Epidermolysis Bullosa

06

Diabetes

July
29

Melanoma Cancer

29

Melanoma Cancer

26

Gwendolyn Strong

25

Hearing Loss and Stem Cells

22

Hearing Loss

14

Brain Tumors

09

Disability Rights!

08

Bone Fracture

June
28

Blindness

22

Autism

22

Challenge #5

16

Huffington Post

15

Disease-a-week Challenge#4

10

Disease-a-week Challenge #3

05

First book review!

03

Disease-a-week Challenge #2

May
29

Congratulations to

28

What a wonderful Day

27

Disease-a-week Challenge #1

27

Disease-a-week Challenge

18

Most important URL?

17

How Many Americans Have Parkinson's?

15

Three Stem Cell

April
28

Huntington's Disease

21

Where I have been

2014
October
18

IOWA and Stem Cells

2013
October
05

Brown Vetoes

September
10

California Governor to Decide

August
29

Roman Reed

05

Cure Research

June
24

Independence Day

May
14

 Twenty words

April
28

If you were paralyzed

26

Faxes needed

18

Capitol battle

06

Two million for paralysis cure?

March
10

Mighty Mouse and Medical Research

February
28

Be California's guest

07

Amazing Team

January
29

Major Changes

17

Greatest Stem Cell program

2012
December
19

Remove Patient Advocate

09

Stem Cell Summit

06

Disability Rights Treaty Blocked

November
17

Breakthrough on Alzheimer's?

13

A Brighter Day

06

Not Too Late!

05

Last 24 hours crucial....

04

Obama in the Storm

03

Why Republicans May Not Trust

October
31

Thirteen Senate Races

September
19

Paralysis Bill ...

August
25

Write Jerry Brown

23

Your letter

02

Monday Just Ahead

July
25

Win One for FDR

01

Michael-- not Marco

June
30

The agony

22

Five to Survive

19

A North Dakota Senate Race

04

California Counts Votes

May
01

Hard Copy Letters Needed

April
26

Danger Ahead

05

Super PACs

March
22

Bill back on track

22

Paralysis Cureback

February
23

Disenfranchise a Gender?

17

Republicans with power

09

Komen Reputation

January
25

Obama Proved Right

23

Join us Tuesday!

2011
November
09

Mississippi Wins!

07

Mississippi Madness

October
30

Speech America

27

Bob Klein's

July
28

Huge Victory

25

Stem Cell State

01

Canada Stem Cell

June
25

Stem Cell Champion

21

Stemcell Amazements

14

CIRM sends

04

California Versus

May
30

Delayed but not defeated

27

High Noon

26

One phone call...

23

Crunch Time

20

Cub Scouts

10

Roman Reed Foundation

02

Pranav and the Court Decision

April
27

One Small Committee

24

Paralysis Cure Decision

23

Sharks and Cloning

22

Spinal cord injured?

20

Friends of Biomedicine

07

06

Religious Right

04

One hour to fight

02

Three Days

March
31

Minnesota

29

Crashing Roman's Van

25

Traffic Tickets

19

Should California NOT Fund

09

Spinal Cord Injury

February
17

How Bad Stem Cell

January
27

New Paralysis Cure

22

Lieberman's Legacy

06

Stand Tall With Texas!

2010
December
16

Bob Klein Re-elected

November
25

Thanksgiving Joy

24

Most Important

02

The Fight of our Lives

October
31

The Politics of Cruelty

27

Advancement Act

17

Wisconsin needs

04

Stem Cell Awareness Day

September
27

Join us at World

25

Stem Cell Trial "Rigged"?

19

Evening with Hans Keirstead

18

Testimony

05

Contact Governor

August
23

Stem Cell Fighters

July
30

Spinal Cord Injury Trials

28

How the President

June
25

How not to have Sex in Colorado

May
08

Shall Paralysis Cure

05

One Rich Golfer Needed

02

Research at Risk

April
03

Issue One is Jobs

March
20

"Roman's Law

13

02

Important Address

01

California Stem Cell program

February
26

Renew Roman's Law?

18

Rush Limbaugh

05

Protect

January
15

World Turned

2009
December
24

Christmas Eve

November
24

What Paralyzed

20

Nebraska Stands

15

Nebarska Decision

12

Trial of American

04

Four Horrors

October
26

20

Re-Impose Bush Ban?

07

2009

September
19

Did You Forget

15

America Steps Up: anti-stem cell suit to be dismissed?

14

America's Stem Cell

01

The Eiffel Tower

August
08

Great International

06

Why we fight

01

Unconstitutional?

July
15

A Global Shout

09

Retraction

08

How Not to Kill

June
26

The "Do-Over Committee"

24

Trained workers needed

17

Our Nancy

05

Another Attack

May
26

Click, Comment, Share

21

One Day Opportunity!

20

Against All Odds

17

1 Page

12

Contact the NIH

02

Please Contact NIH

02

NIH Gudeline Comments

April
29

Oklahoma Courage

20

Texas Tornado

15

President Obama

13

North Dakota

March
31

One phone call

26

A year in the life

10

At the White House

February
10

In Memory Of

January
28

The Return of

16

A Global Stem Cell

09

Time to Tax?

02

The Lone Star

2008
December
30

Three Women

19

Christmas Under Duress

13

Stem Cell Research

05

California Stem Cell

02

Preventing

November
18

Death Sentence by Disease

12

Join Us In Sacramento

07

Three Victories

03

Tomorrow, we win

01

Dole Slanders

October
31

Stem Cells May Cure the Economy

28

Help Michigan Today

10

Michigan Miracle?

03

Vicki Englund

September
30

Senate Bill 1565

26

Fax and Ask Gov.

26

Backstage

19

Sara Palin

12

Stem Cells

05

Write to Arnold