Professor Simon Fishel is a fertility research pioneer who was part of the world’s first IVF clinic and worked with Robert Edwards during his early IVF studies, when he was responsible along with Patrick Steptoe for the birth of Louise Brown, the first ‘test tube’ baby, in 1978.
As the science developed over the decades so did Professor Fishel’s career, as he sought to do more for patients and taught the new technologies to doctors all over the world. He came up against regulatory and establishment barriers, including fighting a 3-year legal case in the High Court of Justice and a death threat from a doctor if he refused to work with him.
The clinic he founded has grown into the largest IVF group in the UK, developing exciting new procedures, and he has helped establish clinics throughout the world, even being invited to introduce IVF to China.
Breakthrough Babies, published by Practical Inspiration Publishing earlier in March, is Professor Fishel’s account from the frontline of fertility treatment. It’s a mind-blowing tale of creating life against all odds, giving a unique insight into not only the medical and scientific advances involved but the human cost and rewards behind this life-changing technology, with all the trials and tribulations that involved at the time, including a writ for murder!
Wonderfully, it includes a note from Louise Brown herself, a very personal recognition of Professor Fishel’s impact on the world.
The book has received brilliant publicity, including these great features:
- Telegraph, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/four-decades-ivf-future-fertility-treatment/
- Daily Mail, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6792811/Dr-Simon-Fishel-talks-experiences-worlds-IVF-clinic-Bourn-Hall.html
- Daily Mail, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6788681/DOCTOR-SIMON-FISHEL-reveals-medical-advances-reality-ethical-cost.html
- BBC Radio 4 – Today Programme, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00035gp
- and many more.
We are very proud to have published this important book – lifting the lid on a story that has defined our times and transformed countless lives.