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ABOUT TRIALS

Trials weaves the story of two young cousins with cancer into one of the most amazing medical stories of the twentieth century. Until the 1960s, children diagnosed with leukemia were simply sent home to die. There were no effective treatments and no hope for a cure. When researchers adopted a revolutionary new way to conduct clinical trials, they transformed a certain death sentence into a curable disease and laid the foundation for modern chemotherapy treatment as we know it today.

 

The author’s wife and her sister, drawn into the trials twenty years apart when their sons were diagnosed with the same leukemia, kept personal journals of their sons’ fight to survive. In Trials, author Larry Bradley stitches together the fabric of the mothers’ journals with his own reflections and extensive research. Through more than one hundred interviews with doctors, nurses, and parents of children with cancer, he reveals fascinating insights into their individual journeys and their own personal trials.

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ABOUT TRIALS

Trials weaves the story of two young cousins with cancer into one of the most amazing medical stories of the twentieth century. Until the 1960s, children diagnosed with leukemia were simply sent home to die. There were no effective treatments and no hope for a cure. When researchers adopted a revolutionary new way to conduct clinical trials, they transformed a certain death sentence into a curable disease and laid the foundation for modern chemotherapy treatment as we know it today.

 

The author’s wife and her sister, drawn into the trials twenty years apart when their sons were diagnosed with the same leukemia, kept personal journals of their sons’ fight to survive. In Trials, author Larry Bradley stitches together the fabric of the mothers’ journals with his own reflections and extensive research. Through more than one hundred interviews with doctors, nurses, and parents of children with cancer, he reveals fascinating insights into their individual journeys and their own personal trials.

“An insightful, intensely moving journey of hope, self-sacrifice and unrelenting love. Through comprehensive research, Larry Bradley brings a family to vivid life upon the page in a conversational style that is both scholarly and entertaining. An invaluable contribution to the literature of childhood cancer that delivers coping strategies, education and surprising humor. Read Trials and you’ll never think of childhood leukemia in the same way again.”

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Debra Whiting Alexander, Ph.D.

Post-trauma treatment specialist and award-winning author of Zetty