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From Theater To Science: A 'Medical Detective' Describes His Journey

Friday 17 November 2017


From EIN News Desk:


Dr Ian Lipkin
Dr Ian Lipkin

From Theater to Science: A ​'​Medical Detective​'​ Describes His Journey

November 16, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, November 16, 2017 / -- How does a man who wanted to be in the theater, end up as maybe the nation’s preeminent virus hunter, or, as he says, “medical detective.”

Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, who heads the 60-person-strong Center for Infection and Immunity, a biological research laboratory, at Columbia University, tells the story of how the theater lost him to science in a revealing interview with Llewellyn King, host of “White House Chronicle,” airing on select PBS and other stations, and SiriusXM Radio this weekend.


In the United States, Lipkin is fighting to understand one of the most awful and debilitating lifelong diseases: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, for which Lipkin says he uses the acronym ME/CFS.

This disease, according to Lipkin, is little understood by doctors and is hard to diagnose “as there are no biological markers.”

“It was rare pleasure to interview Dr. Lipkin. It was one of the best interviews I have ​had the honor of conducting in my own long career,” King said.


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