Saturday, August 24, 2013

New Books About Cancer and Cancer Research

In today's Wall Street Journal there is a review by Laura Landro of two new books about cancer. Her review as well as the two books make good reading.

"The Truth in Small Doses" by Clifton Leaf--a former Fortune editor and survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma, focuses on the limited progress made in the war on cancer. He challenges the "cancer-industrial-complex" and with his business analysis skills analyzes the overspending on drug research at the cost of early detection.

"The Cancer Chronicles" is by George Johnson--a science writer who has cared for his wife through her long and excruciating  aggressive gynecological cancer. He focuses, naturally, on the science of cancer, environment, trigger cells, molecular change and the body's biochemical responses.

It's interesting that both professionals chose to find their own way into the mysteries of cancer based on their professional expertise--business and scientific inquiry--after being touched most personally by the disease or sets of illnesses that cancer represents.

Here's the link to the story in today's Wall Street Journal. Take a look:

No comments: