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Book Review: Stem Cell Banking by Mitch Shah

Stem Cell Banking by Mitch Shah is a medical non-fiction book which takes us through the process of stem cell and its allied use and other aspects. To understand this, we would advise you to take a look around online ‘what is stem cell?’ And even if you miss, no worries this short and knowledgeable book will teach you all about it.

This book tells us about the stem cell banking. How is it done? What are various types of it? And how to choose the appropriate bank for it? As per the researches, it has come out that the purest form of stem cell can be obtained from umbilical cord blood during the birth of a baby. The cord blood is an easily accessible source of stem cells than can be used in a variety of ways. Let’s see some of the fringe benefits of stem cell banking, as per the book.

“In the stem cell banking and therapy and transplant, a disease-free new born is the donor of pure blood that can heal diseases or issues like”:
  • Malignancies
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Haemoglobinopathies
  • Genetic conditions – as change of blood works wonders
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Metabolic disorders
For the people in the medical field related to stem cell therapy or transplant, this book is like a treasure trove. Segmented into six useful chapters, the book explains A to Z about stem cell banking. Important aspects like ‘types of stem cell banking’, ‘how do I search for a good cord blood bank’, and so on have been given with full credibility. For instance, the author has explained in depth ‘Public Banking Vs Private Banking’. After going through the information, one can surely make an informed decision, since it’s a matter of life and death. Though the book is full of medical jargons, however, for the relevant people and parents it is simply a boon.

The author’s knowledge about medical discoveries and updates is quite evident in the work. Also, he has kept the topics’ explanation lucid and properly segmented. This book scores high on spreading awareness about the stem cell topics as in India this is kind of unheard practice. The book might not be for mass, but one thing is sure that the content here is better than many Q & A websites like Quora or Researchgate.


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