I’ve only read the Prologue, but I’m impressed enough with Clifton Leaf’s The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer–and How to Win It to commend it. Here’s the publisher’s brief book description:
A provocative, eye-opening history of the war on cancer, The Truth in Small Doses asks why we are losing this essential fight and charts a path forward.
Over the past half century, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and so many other killers have fallen dramatically. But cancer continues to kill with abandon. In 2013, despite a four-decade “war” against the disease that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly six hundred thousand will die from it.
A decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a gripping narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive yet routinely fail, and why our best hope for progress—brilliant young scientists— are now abandoning the search for a cure. The Truth in Small Doses is that rare tale that will both outrage readers and inspire conversation and change.
Even if the reader doesn’t agree with all of Leaf’s diagnosis or prescription, The Truth in Small Doses is must-reading for all those engaged in the war on cancer.
Clifton Leaf, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer–and How to Win It (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013).