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Dr. Mahlon Johnson had devoted his life to neuropathology, the detailed laboratory investigation of nervous system diseases. During a routine brain autopsy of an AIDS victim, suddenly, with one slip of the scalpel, he went from doctor to patient, a patient battling for his life against HIV. Ever the researcher, he began to chronicle his illness, and within a year it appeared he was a "rapid progressor," one of the unlucky minority who swiftly advance towards AIDS.
In a race against time, Johnson began searching for treatments, ferreting out every new study that could offer hope. Following the discoveries of the top AIDS researchers in the country, he made himself a guinea pig experimenting with an aggressive treatment regimen combining different kinds of drugs(the few antivirals available at the time and the immune-system-boosting, but potentially toxic cancer treatment IL-2.
Soon--amazingly--HIV could no longer be isolated in his blood even by the most sensitive tests. He kept fighting, adding protease inhibitors to his regime as soon as they became available. And now, four and a half years after his infection with HIV, his blood remains free of any detectable virus. He is living proof of what many researchers have come to believe(that HIV may no longer be an inevitable death sentence.
Working on a Miracle is an astonishing medical detective story, but within it lies an even more poignant and dramatic story of personal transformation. Mahlon Johnson had always been the quintessential "lab rat," a single-minded academician lost in the rigors of his work. It was not until he found himself face-to-face with death that he began to feel the emptiness of his self-imposed isolation and to seek an HIV-positive woman to share his life. Eventually, in Vickie McCray, a courageous infected woman he first encountered in the pages of Abraham Verghese's memoir My Own Country, he found a soul mate, a dedicated fellow fighter against HIV and the source of the warmth and affection that would sustain the new life he was daring to envision.
Working on a Miracle is a compelling account of life restored and of lessons learned in the shadow of death. It is the first book to mark the dawn of a new age of AIDS treatment, when perhaps the war on the worst pandemic of recent times can be won.
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As seen on "60 Minutes," "The Today Show," and as featured on the cover of USA Weekend, here is the inspiring story receiving coast-to-coast media attention.From AudioFile:
Johnson, a pathologist studying AIDS victims, had performed hundreds of autopsies before that fateful night when he cut himself on a scalpel and quickly developed the infection. This story relates how he saved himself from a sure slide towards AIDS. The smoothly polished reading conveys this gripping tale with conviction and just a hint of inflection. When the epilogue is read by the author in a monotone, it becomes clear that the reader's inflection adds needed energy to the performance. The graphic descriptions of the autopsy that caused Johnson's infection are not for the faint of heart. A.G.H. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Bantam, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0553379348
Book Description Bantam, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0553379348