Excellent, insightful Popular Science book from a scientist with the rare ability to communicate effectively with both his colleagues and the layperson (the intended audience) without patronising either community (too much)! A terrific historical account of the way our understanding of the processes underlying cancer developed in the era of modern research, how diverse forms of cancer arise, what is currently done to treat the disease, and what might be done in the future. There is a gap between the strictly molecular textbook, that can be completely inaccessible to the reader lacking a science degree, and the sufferer's accounts of their personal experiences of cancer. This book fills that gap and demystifies the disease: providing molecular detail that IS accessible, and reducing the demon of cancer to manageable proportions, above all showing that cancer can be understood. Betrayed by Nature explains why treating cancers is so difficult, but it offers the promise that with understanding will come novel treatments and taming of the disease.
A must-read for all prospective medical and biological science students and anyone else touched by the disease who wants to know more. (This should include both experienced scientists and many oncologists, who might be surprised by how much they will learn.)