Malignant Metaphor

Malignant Metaphor

Confronting Cancer Myths

Book - 2015
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"In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell's compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those readers and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis." -- Publishers Weekly

Award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell confronts cancer myths in this powerful and personal book, as she recounts her family's experiences with the disease. When her beloved brother-in-law John is diagnosed with malignant melanoma, Mitchell throws herself into the latest clinical research, providing us with a clear description of what scientists know of cancer and its treatments. When John enters the world of alternative treatments, Mitchell does, too, looking for the science in untested waters. She comes face to face with the misconceptions we share about cancer, which are rooted in blame and anxiety, and opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.

Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.

Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781770412682
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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