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Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny Paperback – 6 Jan 2003
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About the Author
Michael Gearin-Tosh is a fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford University where he teaches English Literature, is a founder director of the Oxford School of Drama and a visiting professor in the Overseas Department of Stanford University.
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First of all, the policy of "gradual disclosure" practised by the medical profession where they drip-feed you (sorry about all the medical puns) information and tend to give you the best-case scenario without necessarily informing you of the options. Second, the policy of rushing you into treatment using chemotherapy and radiotherapy which is not necessarily going to be the best or only solution. Thirdly, the slightly bullying attitude (and bullying is a word Gearin-Tosh actually uses) that some doctors adopt.
Gearin-Tosh, as a highly intelligent man, decides to take time to weigh up the alternatives and to find out as much as he can about his disease before doing anything at all despite the anguish this causes in those nearest to him. He rejects chemotherapy and embarks on a course of combined alternative therapies which miraculously work for him and keep him alive for more than ten years after his initial diagnosis when he was given two years at most. This, by anyone's measure of success, is an incredible achievement.
I also read some time ago John Diamond's account of his cancer and the orthodox treatment he chose to follow in "C: Because Cowards get Cancer too". He utterly rejected what he called (in a follow-up book) Snake Oil treatments regarding all alternative therapies as mumbo-jumbo, or at least beyond rational understanding and therefore not valid.Read more ›
I found it both easy and compelling to read. As a nurse I find it of immense benefit to me to see a thinking man's experience of medical treatment. I was intrigued to see how he analyses the words and language that Drs use in medical consultations and journals to expose hidden meaning beneath it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading about life experiences and choices.
The book also includes an essay by Michael Gearin-Tosh about how people's temperment and attitudes to treatment can affect how well they do when treated, and a fairly technical case history of his illness.
Basically, this patient took the approach you would expect a skeptic to take, but even if you look at this case from a perspective of Evidence Based Medicine and look at the survival rates, I do agree that chemotherapy doesn't appear to be the "appealing" approach. Unfortunately, most people that "preach" skepticism are only skeptic with regards to things that are called "alternative" and do not take this healthy skeptic approach when it comes to "respected sciences" such as conventional medicine.
This book shows (again) that medicine should take a more integral perspective when thinking about healing and that more research is needed for alternative treatments. But then, what do you expect from a medical community where even psychology is considered "unscientific" and with little of no interest for doctors.
I would have loved that my father would have read this and related books before letting chemotherapy kill him. I keep wondering what his fate would have been if he had studied the medical research as Michael did and would have considered alternatives or complements to his unsuccessful treatment.Read more ›
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Very thought provoking, on making your own way through the medicalisation of cancer......Published 16 months ago by mushu
A vivid and moving account of an intellectual, intelligent, well-connected man's attempt to cut through the arrogance,conceit, lies and blinkered, entrenched position of the... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by steve moye
It's a very interesting book.
But I am dissatisfied with it because it is an American edition and seems to be printed on inferior paper and ugly font.
What a fantastic book, beautifully written and a must for anyone who doubts the efficacy of modern medicine.Published on 2 July 2014 by rhod gilbert's granny
This book is written more as a year in the life of a cancer patient. There is VERY little info about Gerson Therapy. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2011 by AMH
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