Author: Kate Pickert
This book from Kate Pickert is a thorough review of large breakthroughs in breast cancer research.
“Breast cancer is emotional,” Pickert writes. “And then she reveals how physicians, pharmaceutical companies and even patient advocacy groups have tapped into those emotions to prevent patients from making informed decisions about screening and treatment,” said Pauline Chen said in a review for The New York Times.
Chen also said that Pickert, a journalism professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a former health care reporter for Time magazine, “was diagnosed with a particularly grim form of breast cancer at the age of 35. Soon thereafter, she set out to write a cultural and scientific history of the disease, using narratives of her own experience to anchor her research. Such a whopping undertaking could have easily turned maudlin, strident or just plain eye-glazing; instead, Pickert has produced a powerful and unflinching page-turner.”
Chen is the author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality.