Malignant Metaphor

Malignant Metaphor

Confronting Cancer Myths

Book - 2015
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An unprecedented take on cancer and recovery Why does cancer have such a deadly hold over our collective imagination? Why do we fear it above all else, even bankruptcy, crime, and sudden death? And why is our dread intensifying, despite the fact that many types of cancer are less common than ever, more curable, and far better understood? Because cancer has become our malignant metaphor, a billboard for our secret sins. We haven't been eating the right food; we have failed to exercise enough; we have buried too much destructive emotion -- in short, we have brought the disease upon ourselves. Somehow, we have allowed cancer to represent an irreconcilable trifecta of blame and anxiety: it is inevitable, yet preventable and deserved. But it is time to rewrite the metaphor. When her beloved brother-in-law is diagnosed with the disease, award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell throws herself into the latest research and clinical literature, breaking it down into a clear, understandable description of what doctors and scientists know of cancer and its treatments. Clear-eyed and compassionate, Mitchell opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781770412682
Branch Call Number: 616.994 MITCHELL
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 07, 2017

This book is written by an award-winning Canadian science writer, Alanna Mitchell. It is an important and thoughtful "de-mythologizing" of cancer. She argues, through careful analysis of the medical literature and by relaying the experiences of her ill brother-in-law, that we have allowed cancer to become an "irreconcilable trifecta of blame and anxiety... it is inevitable, yet preventable and deserved". Mitchell debunks this view in her short and accessible book. As fellow writer Plum Johnson comments: "By 'liberating the facts,' Mitchell turns the war on cancer into a hopeful dance." Highly recommended.


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