Making Her Life an Open Book to Promote Expanded Care

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Science  25 Mar 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6024, pp. 1549
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6024.1549

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Felicia Knaul, a health economist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, doesn't mind telling in detail how breast cancer changed her marriage, her family, and her career. In her mission to shatter taboos around the disease and improve the lives of patients in developing countries, her professional and private lives have become one. Knaul is one half of a Mexican-Canadian power couple that aims to end the neglect of cancer as a disease of the poor—and will succeed, if anyone can, say colleagues. The other half is Julio Frenk, the former health minister of Mexico and a much admired reformer, who is now dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.