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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.