A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked: Including an Autobiography, and the Clinical Section of The Broad Range of Use of Phenytoin

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Continuum International Publishing Group, Limited, Jan 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 427 pages
Most people live one life. Jack Dreyfus has had two. The first was filled with remarkable accomplishments as he founded the Dreyfus Fund. He became known as "the most singular and effective personality to appear on Wall Street since the days of Joseph Kennedy and Bernard Baruch" (Life magazine).

The author's second life began in 1963 when, in the midst of a severe depression, he accomplished something unheard of. He asked his physician to let him try a medicine usually prescribed for epilepsy. This medicine (phenytoin) brought him back to good health almost overnight. When he saw six other people have similar results, he realized he had an obligation to investigate further.

He did a most unusual thing. He retired from his two highly successful businesses, established a charitable medical foundation, and spent the last 30 years of his life and 80 million dollars obtaining information about the many uses of phenytoin. To his amazement he found it had been reported useful in the medical literature for over seventy symptoms and disorders. This information, in twenty different languages, has been translated and condensed into three bibliographies and sent to all the physicians in the United States.

In spite of this, phenytoin is still being overlooked because of a flaw in our system of bringing medicines to the public. Dreyfus's attempts to correct this tragic misunderstanding have led to the highest levels of government -- but he has found government too busy with problems to have time for solutions. So, Jack Dreyfus has maintained his ceaseless effort to make the truth known to people in this country and around the world.

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About the author (1997)

Jack Dreyfus was born in Montgomery, Alabama on August, 28, 1913. He received a bachelor's degree from Lehigh University. Before joining a Wall Street brokerage firm, he worked as a candy salesman and as an industrial designer. He was one of the most successful investors in the 1950s and 1960s. He was credited with bringing Americans to the stock market by creating the Dreyfus Fund, one of the first widely marketed mutual funds. He sold his mutual fund company in 1970. Dreyfus suffered from depression. When the traditional treatments failed, he asked his doctor to prescribe him the anti-epileptic drug, Dilantin. After being cured, he became convinced of the drug's benefits for a wide variety of ills and pains, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, motion sickness and attention-deficit disorder, and spent more than four decades trying to publicize its benefits. He wrote several books on the subject including A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked and established the Dreyfus Health Foundation to pursue other medical applications for Dilantin. He died on March 27, 2009 at the age of 95.

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