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One in Three: a son's journey into the science and history of cancer Hardcover – 22 Jun 2006

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (22 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861977522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861977526
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perhaps the most readable and comprehensive account out there of our battle with the big C. (New Scientist)

Both moving and informative (Guardian)

One in Three is a different type of cancer book. It is calm, factual, beautifully written, intelligent and moving. ... this book brings understanding, and most of all it also brings some hope (Literary Review)

a touching and deeply personal farewell. ... Wishart succeeds brilliantly in constructing a narrative that is a tribute both to his father and the scientists who have partly unpacked the mystery of cancer (Sunday Telegraph)

An imaginative fusion of anecdotal detail, medical science and poignant, elegiac narrative marks every chapter of this unusual book... What emerges is a unique profile of a father-son relationship, poignantly affectionate yet utterly devoid of sentimentality. (John Cornwell Sunday Times)

This book is a remarkable meld of medical history, scientific fact, and the human experience of cancer, once - and to an extent still - the most feared of diseases. Adam Wishart follows his father's experience of cancer, as well as his own as a son, in the most enthralling manner possible. I couldn't commend it more highly. (Claire Rayner)

...few who have read it would write off One In Three, Adam Wishart's fascinating if avowedly non-expert account of the quest for a cure for cancer - woven around the story of his father's struggle against the disease that will afflict one in three of us. (The Telegraph)


When his father was diagnosed with cancer, Adam Wishart couldn't find any book that answered his questions: what was the disease, how did it take hold and what did it mean? What is it about cancer's biology that means it has not been eradicated? How close are we, really, to a cure? There was no such book. So he wrote it. "One in Three" interweaves two powerful stories: that of Adam and his father; and also the 200-year search for a cure. This is an optimistic book because the progress of medicine has resulted, during the last decade or so, in declining death rates. So now many doctors believe that within fifty years cancer may become an illness we live with, rather than die from. This is the story of that hope. As one in three of us will develop the disease at some time in our lives this book will help us understand it without blind terror.

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