Malignant How Cancer Becomes Us

ISBN-10: 0520276574
ISBN-13: 9780520276574
Edition: 2013
Authors: S. Lochlann Jain
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Cancer can kill: this fact makes it concrete. Still, it's a devious knave. Nearly every American will experience it up-close and all too personally, wondering why the billions of research dollars thrown at the word haven't exterminated it from the English language.Like a sapper diffusing a bomb, Jain unscrambles the emotional, bureaucratic, medical, and scientific tropes that create the thing we call cancer.Scientists debate even the most basic facts about the disease, while endlessly generated, disputed, population data produce the appearance of knowledge.Jain takes the vacuum at the center of cancer seriously and demonstrates the need to understand cancer as a set of relationships--economic, sentimental, medical, personal, ethical, institutional, statistical.Malignant analyzes the peculiar authority of the socio-sexual psychopathologies of body parts; the uneven effects of expertise and power; the potentially cancerous consequences of medical procedures such as IVF; the huge industrial investments that manifest themselves as bone-cold testing rooms; the legal mess of medical malpractice law; and the teeth-grittingly jovial efforts to smear makeup and wigs over the whole messy problem of bodies spiraling into pain and decay.Malignant examines the painful cognitive dissonances produced by the ways a culture that has relished dazzling success in every conceivable arena have twisted one of its staunchest failures into an economic triumph. The intractable foil to American achievement, cancer hands us -- on a silver platter and ready for Jain's incisively original dissection -- our sacrifice to the American Dream.

Introduction: We Just Don't Know It Yet
Living in Prognosis: The Firing Squad of Statistics
Poker Face: Gaming a Lifespan
Cancer Butch: Trip Up the Fast Lane
Lost Chance: Medical Mistakes
The Mortality Effect: The Future in Cancer Trials
Inconceivable: Where IVF Goes Bad
Can Sir: What Screening Doesn't Do
Fallout: Minuets in the Key of Fear
Rubble: Bakelite Bodies
Conclusion: Shameless
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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