Summer reading list: New books on oncology, transforming medical research & the lighter side of molecular biology

Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing several book reviews on ClinDev. Here are some of the books we’ve received so far:

  • Sympathy for the Devil: The Definitive True Story of Cancer Biotechnology and Its Battle Against Disease, Death and Destruction (Gary Acton, Matador, RRP £18.99). The publisher describes this as a unique insight into the chaotically unpredictable world of cancer medicine and the biotechnology industry, the account of one company struggling to survive, as all their experimental cancer drugs fail, revealing, for the first time, the extraordinary world inhabited by the people involved in cancer drug development.
  • Medical Science in the 21st Century: Sunset or New Dawn? (Desmond J Sheridan, Imperial College Press, RRP £38.00) The publisher describes this book as describing the 30-year decline in the productivity of medical research in the context of its stunning past successes. The book deals with the creative nature of original science and presents a vision of what medical science can deliver during the coming half century and what is needed to overcome the present challenges.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Molecular Biology (Arieh & Roberta Ben-Naim, World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, RRP £18.00) The publishes states that there is no other book of this kind that discusses the fundamentals of molecular biology in a lighter fashion. In this book, scientific facts are melded with fiction and the account is imbibed with humor.