One in Three: A Son's Journey Into the History and Science of Cancer

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Grove Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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"Calming and illuminating . . . A story more gripping than frightening."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Writer and documentary director Adam Wishart's poignant and timely book on cancer is the first of its kind--a seamless blend of memoir and medical history that simultaneously explains science in an elegant, non-intimidating way and connects to the experience of being a patient. When his father was diagnosed with cancer, Wishart couldn't find a book that answered his most basic questions: What was the disease and how did it take hold? What is it about cancer's biology that makes it hard to eradicate? Are we to a cure? One in Three is a son's personal and journalistic take on cancer's history and the encouraging story of science's progress in changing the outlook on cancer from a disease we die from to one we live with, providing the full account of the discovery of the disease, its treatment, and its prevention. Wishart's candid discussion of his personal link to cancer is ultimately a story of hope, and one in which we may all find comfort. One in three of us will develop cancer. This book will help us to understand it without fear.

 

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Author does a good job combining the story of his father's cancer diagnosis and his quest to find out what cancer is and why his father may have been its victim. Read full review

ONE IN THREE: A Son's Journey into the History and Science of Cancer

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

London-based documentary filmmaker Wishart (Leaving Reality Behind, 2003) weaves his father's story into a medical history that traces cancer from its earliest appearance to the present hopes for a ... Read full review

Contents

Surgery The Bloody Butchery
16
Cells A Scientific Revolution
29
Radiation Marie Curies New Light
45
Causes Is Civilization the Problem?
65
Chemotherapy The Hunt for the Magic Bullet
90
The War on Cancer Richard Nixons Quest
108
Alternatives The Backlash Against Orthodoxy
129
Genes The Search for the Cancer Code
150
Targeting Genes My Patients Made Me a Crusader
190
The Clocks of Mortality How a Cell Is Damaged
214
The Future
226
Acknowledgments
237
Bibliography
239
Notes
257
Index
277
Copyright

Prevention Making Your Own Luck
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