FREE Delivery in the UK.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we dispatch the item.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
+ £2.79 delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Former Library books. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Hope and Suffering: Children, Cancer, and the Paradox of Experimental Medicine Hardcover – 14 Jul 2008

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
£21.30 £5.62
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Amazon Original Books on Sale
Browse a selection of over 160+ Kindle Books currently on sale from 99p. Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (14 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080188831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801888311
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,922,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description


"Krueger has written an important book."

(Barron Lerner Lancet)

"Hope and Suffering is an apt title for this dense, encyclopedic, and riveting book. It includes narratives from patients and their family members that detail the hope, suffering, and despair of the first two decades of cancer therapy, followed by the optimism and successes of the present...
Author Gretchen Krueger recounts these stories in considerable detail and references them exquisitely."

(New England Journal of Medicine)

"It would be of value in any medical humanities course."

(Emm Barnes Medical History)


Gretchen Krueger's poignant narrative explores how doctors, families, and the public interpreted the experience of childhood cancer from the 1930s through the 1970s. Pairing the transformation of childhood cancer from killer to curable disease with the personal experiences of young patients and their families, Krueger illuminates the twin realities of hope and suffering.In this social history, each decade follows a family whose experience touches on key themes: possible causes, means and timing of detection, the search for curative treatment, the merit of alternative treatments, the decisions to pursue or halt therapy, the side effects of treatment, death and dying - and cure.Revealing the complex and sometimes contentious interactions among the families of children with cancer, medical researchers, physicians, advocacy organizations, the media and policy makers, Krueger reveals that personal odyssey and clinical challenge are the simultaneous realities of childhood cancer.This engaging study will be of interest to historians, medical practitioners and researchers, and people whose lives have been altered by cancer.

See all Product description

Customer reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
Share your thoughts with other customers

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?