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Malignant metaphor

Alanna Mitchell

Malignant metaphor

confronting cancer myths

by Alanna Mitchell

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Written in English

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  • Treatment,
  • Cancer

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    An unprecedented take on cancer and recovery Why does cancer have such a deadly hold over our collective imagination? Why do we fear it above all else, even bankruptcy, crime, and sudden death? And why is our dread intensifying, despite the fact that many types of cancer are less common than ever, more curable, and far better understood? Because cancer has become our malignant metaphor, a billboard for our secret sins. We haven"t been eating the right food; we have failed to exercise enough; we have buried too much destructive emotion -- in short, we have brought the disease upon ourselves. Somehow, we have allowed cancer to represent an irreconcilable trifecta of blame and anxiety: it is inevitable, yet preventable and deserved. But it is time to rewrite the metaphor. When her beloved brother-in-law is diagnosed with the disease, award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell throws herself into the latest research and clinical literature, breaking it down into a clear, understandable description of what doctors and scientists know of cancer and its treatments. Clear-eyed and compassionate, Mitchell opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.

    Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207).

    StatementAlanna Mitchell
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsRC263 .M58 2015
    The Physical Object
    Pagination207 pages
    Number of Pages207
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL27193674M
    ISBN 101770412689
    ISBN 109781770412682
    OCLC/WorldCa909085293

    Title: Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths Format: Hardcover Product dimensions: pages, X X in Shipping dimensions: pages, X X in Published: Septem Publisher: ECW Press Language: English. How many times have you heard it? "After a long bout, he succumbed to prostate cancer when his strength failed him." "Though she conquered breast cancer, lymphoma felled her within a month of her.

    Illness as Metaphor, a groundbreaking book, grew out of Susan Sontag’s own struggle with disease. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and was given only a slim chance of surviving. Review of Books. These essays were revised and published as a widely discussed book titled Illness as Metaphor.5 Sontag points out that military metaphors have become part and parcel of the language of cancer. There is the “fight" or “crusade" against cancer; cancer is the “killer" disease; people who have cancer are “cancer victims.".

    This comparison raises the stakes, making sure readers take Lavender's efforts seriously. It also continues the metaphor of a full-blown war between the children and Miss Trunchbull, complete with battles and soldiers and weapons. He says Matilda should be watching TV instead of reading. He rips the pages out of her borrowed library book.   Writers use literary metaphors to evoke an emotional response or paint a vivid picture. Other times, a metaphor might explain a phenomenon. Given the amount of nuance that goes into it, a metaphor example in a text can sometimes deserve as much interpretation as the text itself. Metaphors can make prose more muscular or imagery more vivid: 1.


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Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer. From the Back Cover?In addition to her clear medical explanations, Mitchell s compassionate attitude will bring comfort to those Malignant metaphor book and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis.?/5(7).

Like Susan Sontag does in AIDS and Its Metaphors, Mitchell examines the metaphorical trappings of cancer and tries to get back to the facts: in most cases we don’t know what causes cancer, and whether you get it is a simple question of luck/5.

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Product Details About the AuthorAuthor: Alanna Mitchell. Beautifully written, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer. “Mitchell’s research is rooted in science, while her writing remains grippingly personal.” ―Quill & Quire/5(7).

Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths: A Memoir The reaction to this book since it came out in the fall of has surprised me. I've had comments from people who have cancer as well as from those whose loved ones have died. They say they gave a. NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form.

Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publisher. Because cancer has become our malignant metaphor, a billboard for our secret sins.

We haven. Book Reviews. Malignant Metaphor: Finding the Hidden Meaning of Cancer. by Alanna Mitchell. Reading Malignant Metaphor, I was reminded of the first times, as a child, I overheard adults speak of cancer.

The topic was always addressed in hushed tones, as though a sooty secret were being shared. Turns out I was tuning into an emotion that. Award-winning science writer Mitchell (Sea Sick) attempts to make sense of the fearful hold that cancer has on our collective imagination.

After her brother-in-law, John, and daughter, Calista. Malignant Metaphor by Alanna Mitchell In CancerLand we talk a lot about fear.

And the fear of pain, nausea, chemo, surgery, exhaustion and the one million accompanying losses which are legitimate to a cancer diagnosis or to being a cancer caregiver. Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.

Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer. BUY FROM: Price may. In Malignant Metaphor, Alanna Mitchell explores why that is – why the very idea of cancer renders us impotent and afraid, in a way that other deadly diseases do.

Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths: A Memoir What if the way society sees cancer is skewed. Skewed by fear. By misinformation. By the age-old impulse to freight disease with meaning it doesn't deserve. In the 14th century, it was the plague, sent to punish the impious.

In the 19th century, it was tuberculosis, a. Beautifully written, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.

“Mitchell’s research is rooted in science, while her writing remains grippingly personal.” ―Quill & QuireBrand: ECW Press. Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.

About the Author Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning journalist and /5(7). NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form.

Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publisher. Malignant Metaphor. by Alanna Mitchell. I have cancer, and I loved Malignant Metaphor. I loved Mitchell’s objectivity and honesty. I love those who can plow through reams of science and pull it together in a way that pokes holes in some of the unproductive myths we assume to be absolute truth.

And I especially love it. Malignant metaphor: finding the hidden meaning of cancer. [Alanna Mitchell] -- Why does cancer have such a deadly hold over our collective imagination.

Why do we fear it above all else, even bankruptcy, crime, and sudden death. As the poignant title suggests, Mitchell hypothesizes that cancer is the malignant metaphor of our time, and one metaphor she examines is that of ‘cancer as an ecosystem’.

“The predominant cancer metaphor is war. We fight cancer, usually valiantly. We attack tumors and try to annihilate them and bring out our arsenals to do that, and so on. It's us against cancer. This metaphor has come in for its share of criticism within the ethical, psychological and even Author: Alanna Mitchell.

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