Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
December 15, 2008

Dr. Carleton Gajdusek, known for his study of brain diseases that led him to New Guinea, died last week at age 85. He was a brilliant scientist and in his later years, his name and reputation were tainted by scandal. Dr. Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, wrote The Trembling Mountain, an account of his time as a graduate student under Dr. Gajdusek in New Guinea. His brain

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