January 16, 2014

AT LEAST IT DOESN’T INVOLVE WEIRDO FRUITATARIAN DIETS: Steve Jobs’ Doctor Wants to Teach You the Formula for Long Life.

Agus, 49, is no average pop-doc. He’s also an accomplished and well-regarded research scientist. A professor of medicine and engineering at USC, he has helped develop new drugs and landmark diagnostic tools, cofounded two health care technology companies, and made breakthroughs in both how to treat cancer and how we think about it. On top of all this, he’s a clinician, devoting two and a half days a week to seeing patients—more than a few of them famous. Sumner Redstone, for example, has publicly thanked Agus for his “miracle recovery” from prostate cancer. “He thinks outside the box,” says Redstone, 90. “Everything he told me to do contributed to my battle against cancer. Today I feel better than I did when I was 20.” Neil Young, who mentions Agus in his recent memoir, calls him simply “my mechanic.” As for Jobs, the iCEO was such a close friend that he helped Agus’ first book find its audience by renaming it. (Agus’ original title for The End of Illness was What Is Health?—but Jobs vetoed it, saying reading it was like “chewing cardboard.”)

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