Personalized Medicine

Awakenings
04.07.2002

A year and a half ago Gary Wolkstein’s doctor told him he had cancer of the spine, that it was terminal, and that he had just a few months left to live.  Today Gary’s in fine health.  Not, it wasn’t a miracle cure, it was a mistake.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the story of Gary Wolkstein’s brush with death and what it taught him about the medical establishment.  Also, Oliver Sacks on musical therapy and the genetic revolution that’s changing the way doctors prescribe drugs.

  1. Gary Wolkstein on a False Diagnosis

    Gary Wolkstein's doctor told him he had terminal cancer, but after being challenged by some of Wolkstein’s physician friends, changes his mind.

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  2. Richard Weinshilboum on Pharmaco-genetics

    Richard Weinshilboum talks with Steve Paulson about pharmaco-genetics, which will enable physicians to make up drugs specifically geared to each patient’s metabolism.

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  3. Oliver Sacks on Music Therapy

    Oliver Sacks talks with Jim Fleming about the awesome power of music to affect neurological patients.

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  4. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff on Translation and Cultural Brokering

    Shiva Bidar-Sielaff tells Anne Strainchamps that just translating the words isn’t enough in the case of patients from different backgrounds and cultures.

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