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When his father contracted cancer, writer and documentary director Adam Wishart wanted to find a book that answered his most basic questions: What was the disease, how did it take hold and what did it mean? What is it about cancer’s biology that makes it hard to eradicate? How close are we to a cure? There was no such book, so Wishart wrote it. Here is his personal, journalistic take on the history of cancer and the encouraging story of science’s progress in changing the outlook on cancer from a disease that we die from to one that we live with. Where the mere use of the “c” word used to be enough to terrify people, now that attitude is about to change, as genetics and effective treatments become better understood. One in three of us will contract cancer in our life times; uniquely comprehensive and, amazingly enough, optimistic, this book will help us to understand the disease without fear.
In Wishart's personal, journalistic take on the history of cancer, he offers an encouraging story of science's progress in changing the outlook on cancer from a disease that one dies from to one that can be lived with.
Calming and illuminating . . . A story more gripping than frightening.”Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Writer and documentary director Adam Wisharts poignant and timely book on cancer is the first of its kinda 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 couldnt find a book that answered his most basic questions: What was the disease and how did it take hold? What is it about cancers biology that makes it hard to eradicate? Are we to a cure? One in Three is a sons personal and journalistic take on cancers history and the encouraging story of sciences 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. Wisharts 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.