Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Successes
of ScienceLauren Pecorino (Author)
Lauren Pecorino achieves a real rarity; she has written
a book on the science of cancer - specifically, where that science
is going - combined with a caring approach to cancer that shows amazing
empathy, both with the person who has cancer, and their significant
others. It's a book on science, written from the heart.
The book is genrally readable - there are places that the layperson
may feel that they are a little out of their depth, but not many, and
most of it is explained very well indeed, though i wouldn't call it
I read if from beginning to end, and I think that's a good way to
go, unless you have interests in specific areas.
It's not a perfect book, and most, if not all the flaws I would guess
are due to the changes in modern book publishing:
The order of the book seems a little arbitray, and the lack of appropriate
chapter headings makes it difficult to dip in and out. "What is cancer?" and
"Cancer screening works!" are pretty self explnatory, but "A fit like
a glove" (progress towards personalised medicine), and "The Great
Escape" (cancer metastesis), not so much.
Even within chapters, the author's enthusiasm too often takes her
into long digressions that sometimes make it difficult to follow a
What the book needed was a decent publishing editor, to ensure the
author's skills and enthusiasm were focussed in a clear and forward
direction. All in all, though, the strengths of the book exceed the
weaknesses by a long way, and I thoroughly recommend it to those who
want to understand cancer - especially as the mainstream media is
of misinformation and superficial misunderstandings.