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  • Soldiers of Science

  • The Vietnam War, Anthony Fauci & the Doctors who Revolutionized American Medicine
  • By: Alan Alda, Kate Rope
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Summary

It’s the height of the Vietnam war when a new generation of doctors, including a young Dr. Anthony Fauci, arrive at the National Institutes of Health as part of the doctor’s draft. 

What happens next is a hidden history of American medicine that could not be more revelatory or prescient.

Alan Alda reveals how one of the darkest and divisive moments in the nation’s history also paved the way the for some of the greatest medical breakthroughs our country has ever seen. This one public health program would not only launch the careers of our top physician scientists, but build the country’s medical research system and also lead to nine Nobel-prize winning discoveries. So far. 

This is a story of faith in government and a belief in science. We meet patients who sacrifice everything, and doctors who still can’t believe their luck at being allowed to serve the country in this unique way. It reminds us of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mission for the NIH in 1940 when he declared “to be a strong nation we must be a healthy nation.” As well as President John F. Kennedy’s hope-filled call to service.

One can’t help but wonder how the story of the Soldiers of Science might help us shape a better and healthier future.

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great podcast

a fabulous and timely podcast, talking about medicine and service. A nice sky wink to Alan Alda's famous series, as well as a great chat with Anthony Fauci. I was so happy to download this podcast, even if Audible is experiencing issues in sequencing - it would have been better if the chapters were numbered, so I could cobble the correct order together.

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Brilliant untold story of medical pioneers

This is a fascinating untold story of the huge medical advances made by a group of doctors who volunteered to do medical research instead of being drafted to Vietnam, including Dr Anthony Fauci. Millions of lives were altered for the better by their work, including my own, since one of the treatments they pioneered was the treatment for high cholesterol. Alan Alda hosts the piece very enthusiastically and respectfully.

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Fantastic! I had quite a few teary moments!

Everyone if the scientists are SO humble - true greatness. The people who trusted you to help them - THANK YOU!!!

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Fascinating

Always interesting to learn about 'Hidden Histories' and especially so when the effects of this group, the NIH had had such a major impact globally. Thank you for an engrossing and informative listen

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This ends at the america is great level....

I had hoped to encounter not only a historical but then also investigative report about research, pharma, how the system works in the US, where people pay huge sums for basic medications that around the world are cheaper, even if developed on national health service.
The NiH structure to allow collaboration in contrast to the otherwise highly rated competition would have been interesting.
I enjoyed the historical look back and learning about the beginnings and some of the truly outstanding personal.
I do not know if my expectations were wrong or of this just ended at a level that overall made this feel like a story of self elevation.

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Interesting story I would have liked to hear

Everything was repeated, nothing new learned after E1. Same quotes and info all over again.

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wonderfully insightful human story .

It pays tribute to both Doctor/ researcher/ scientist and patients alike.
The human gave behind the yellow berets!

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a fascinating story.

This is a most remarkable story. One which impacts us all.
Today the NIH is impacting directly on my family by funding research into RASopathies, my daughter has a very rare condition called Costello syndrome. it was nice to have some context to the organization and scientists involved

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Long

Great story,make a good single podcast.but four ! just keeps repeating the same facts and sound bites.

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Fascinating

A wonderful story with so much good coming out of those who objected to the Vietnam War