on 31 December 2007
The Secret History of the War on Cancer gets five stars for doing what it set out to do - provide a history of our efforts, or non-efforts, in the war on cancer. One reviewer said the book left a void. This void has already been filled with books such as Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time: Practical Advice For Preventing Cancer that provide extensive references and tips on what we need to do to lower our risk. Devra Davis filled the enormous void that screamed "why have we not heard about these studies showing the link between the environment and cancer?" The answers will prompt those of us that are health conscious to take a fresh look at the world around us and take charge of our own lives.
on 30 September 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. There is a lot of interesting information to be found about unhealthy connections between research on cancer and the industry in the previous century. There are however two drawbacks here that prevent me from giving 4 or 5 stars.
My main issues are with the author's error to look at many of the described issues with hindsight. As a result, she claims that "we" would have saved many lives had we only listened to individual X or took notice of case report Y decades ago since it has turned out that chemical Z is a carcinogen. Although true in hindsight this is only the case because the examples have been cherry-picked, while many 'false positive' examples have been ignored in this book.
Secondly, in my opinion this book could have been written in about half the number of pages if the author had not beefed it up by combining her main, and important, message with an autobiography.
I noticed another review here that mentioned that it is old and out-of-date material, which is somewhat suprising given that the book's title actually includes the word "history"....
Nonetheless, in summary it is well worth the read.
on 21 January 2011
If you have lost members of your family to cancer and still give money to the big cancer charities you may be curious how well we are getting on with winning the war on cancer-world war 2 only took 5years,man on the moon in under ten years,cancer-interrminable,a bit like Iraq/Afghanistan.
Reading this book may well lead to total disillusionment with the cancer establishment-if you cannot be treated profitably their way your death is quite acceptable-most of the answers to cancer have been discovered amazingly but mainstream profits,power,reputations are far to important to recognise and introduce the changes needed in treatment modalities,attitudes to natural alternatives,withdrawal of serious carcinogens.Read it,formulate your own survival plan before getting cancer(1 out of 3 of us is likely to)and despair of those in power doing the right thing which is after all the reason we grant them power each democratically held election.A hell of a task to change the system-anyone up for it?Makes me wish 1 was 40 years younger.........
on 22 March 2010
The Secret History of the War on Cancer is an inflated account of certain anecdotal information, which is out of date and largely irrelevant. It's poorly written and tired and given the emotive title, an in appropriate treatment of the information. The information is repetitive and could be condensed into a wee booklet. The motives for writing such a text are unclear. There is no important information in this book.