Chasing Medical Miracles

Chasing Medical Miracles has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal as a “worried portrait” of how more than 20 million Americans are enrolled in clinical trials. Clinical trials have become a $24 billion industry that is reshaping every aspect of healthcare development and delivery in the United States and around the world.

The book, Chasing Medical Miracles: The Promise and Perils of Clinical Trials, and this companion website are the first resources to take an objective, behind-the-scenes look at the complicated world of clinical trials. The site also provides up-to-date information about clinical trials for those curious about the topic and for those taking part as subjects. (read more)

Chasing Medical Miracles and this website are by journalist Alex O’Meara who as a diabetic suffered from life-threatening hypoglycemic unawareness. The book chronicles how he participated in a risky and groundbreaking clinical trial to “cure’ diabetes.The book also reveals how a multi-billion dollar industry of private companies conducting trials with little oversight has taken root and quietly become a major part of the American medical establishment.

Along with regulations and ethics, Chasing Medical Miracles examines the economic impact and the heart-wrenching personal stories behind clinical trials both across the country and overseas. O’Meara reveals what every health-conscious person needs to know—regardless of whether you are considering participating in a clinical trial or trying to make sense of the confusing and sometimes conflicting medical advice that’s based on clinical trials.

Watch a brief interview with Alex.