Behind some science, there are stories to learn as the human side is more important than the professional one. The tale that tells us how hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin became a drug candidate from an excipient to treat desperate patients suffering in Niemann-Pick type C disease is certainly a story worth telling and reading. A new science book by The Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus took over a decade to write and includes the journey of the Hempel family trying to save Addi & Cassi’s lives with cyclodextrin (they were the first patients treated with the drug).

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