The Regeneration Promise: The Facts behind Stem Cell Therapies
Author: Peter Hollands (Churchill 1983)
Publisher: Bentham Books
The Regeneration Promise is a reader-friendly guide to the world of regenerative medicine and stem cell technology. Most people have heard of stem cells but few understand what stem cells can and cannot do. The book covers the history of stem cell technology as a general introduction to the subject and then continues with a description of the many known types of stem cells and how these can potentially be used to treat disease. The author explains the pros and cons of using stem cell technology to treat patients in simple and factual terms throughout the book while clarifying many stem cell myths. There is valuable advice for people considering undergoing stem cell therapy and also for those who are considering stem cell storage such as umbilical cord blood storage at the birth of a baby. The book also covers information on current research in stem cell technology and how this may one day be useful in the clinic. This clear and informative book enables anyone to understand the benefits and possible problems of regenerative medicine treatments which are emerging very rapidly in private clinics internationally. Such stem cell treatments are sometimes being offered in private stem cell treatment clinics without any real understanding of the safety and efficacy of the treatment being offered. This book provides clear advice to the potential patients of such clinics and it will not only protect the patient from ineffective ‘treatments’ but also avoid losing a large amount of money on private clinic treatment fees.
The simple use of language with a clear explanation of scientific terms, where applicable, makes this book an accessible source of information for anyone interested in enhancing their general knowledge about stem cells and regenerative medicine. It will be enjoyed by anyone from age 15 to 110. The various treatment options using stem cells are explained and the medical, scientific, legal, moral, ethical and religious debate surrounding stem cell technology and the use of stem cells in the treatment of disease is clarified.