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should be granted more time and money to
investigate whether, as with HPV and cervical cancer, a virus could cause a large number
of breast cancer cases and whether a vaccine
could stop it. Ruddy packs her thoroughly
researched book about the most common
female malignancy in the world with many
wow-worthy tidbits about scientific, political, and medical history. For example, Abbie
Lathrop, a self-taught mouse breeder, collaborated with University of Pennsylvania
pathologist Leo Loeb and found that strains
of mice with a higher incidence of breast
cancer entered puberty at an earlier age and
developed their tumors at an earlier age. In all,
Ruddy offers a fresh take on a disease that still
kills more than 40,000 women in the U.S.
yearly. —Karen Springen
In Shock: My Journey from Death
to Recovery and the Redemptive
Power of Hope.
By Rana Awdish.
Oct. 2017. 272p. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9781250119216);
e-book (9781250119223). 610.92.
In a gut-wrenching memoir approaching Job-level suffering, Awdish recounts her ordeal as
a doctor-turned-patient and the many changes in her perspective and practice of medicine.
During her seventh month of pregnancy, the
33-year-old Awdish goes into shock due to
profuse internal bleeding.
She is near death and has
an out-of-body experience.
She undergoes emergency
surgery, is placed on a ventilator, and suffers a stroke.
Her baby girl dies. Awdish’s
condition is misdiagnosed
as HELLP syndrome, a
rare combination of liver failure and bleeding during pregnancy. But it is actually the
result of benign liver tumors (hepatic adenomas) that are prone to rupture and massive
bleeding. Half her liver is surgically removed.
She astonishingly returns to work at her demanding, high-pressure job and later gives
birth to a son. Awdish’s emotional tenor is
electric (and understandable): angry, anxious,
self-pitying, vulnerable, even terrified. But
she’s also heroic, smart, and determined. She
ponders notions of risk, failure, remorse, and
empathy in the medical profession. She wonders who or what should ultimately get the
credit for her miraculous survival, the medical
treatment and surgical skills of her physicians,
fate, luck, or God? One thing is certain: Hope
is not just hype. It’s a real force and very potent. — Tony Miksanek
Keto for Cancer: Ketogenic Metabolic
Therapy as a Targeted Nutritional
By Miriam Kalamian.
Oct. 2017. 400p. illus. Chelsea Green, paper, $29.95
Starve a cancer cell? Indeed. Kalamian, a
nutritionist and educator whose 13-year-
old son died of brain cancer, argues that
research efforts focus too much on genetics
and drugs and not enough on the environ-
ment and diet. Tumor cells seem to feed on
glucose, so she argues that it makes sense to
try a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet. With
his introduction, biology professor Thomas
Seyfried adds credibility to what he calls a
“playbook” for patients and caregivers who
would like to try incorporating “therapeutic
ketosis” into their standard-of-care oncology
treatment. In her how-to guide, Kalamian
covers meal planning (many fats are friends),
fasting (mostly good), calorie restriction
(just don’t go overboard), chemo and ra-
diation (the weight loss they often cause
might drive some of the early reactions to
treatment), side effects (an increased risk of
kidney stones), and long-term benefits of the
keto diet (improved blood pressure, more
energy). Though she is an unapologetic ad-
vocate, Kalamian does advise readers not to
force a loved one to embrace this nutritional
therapy. —Karen Springen
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of
By Darryl W. Bullock.
Nov. 2017. 368p. illus. Overlook, $35 (9781468315592).
The music that so fills and enriches our
lives owes a great and too often unsung
debt to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender musicians. In his encyclopedic overview,
Bullock corrects that oversight by turning the
spotlight squarely on LGBT musicians. Presented chronologically—it begins with the
early twentieth century and concludes with
the twenty-first—the book is often as much
social as musical history, the former providing
a welcome context for the latter. But it is musical history, and especially the many LGBT
performers who have populated it, that occupies the heart of the narrative. Bullock
seems to have done prodigious research (the
book boasts 503 source notes), though one
wishes that some of the sources he identifies
were not offered so uncritically, and occasionally his judgment may raise an eyebrow: Was
Liberace really the embodiment of the American Dream? But, on the whole, the book is a
pleasure to read, being insightful and highly
informative, as it clearly establishes the cen-ter-stage position in the music world that
LGBT composers, musicians, and performers
occupy so ably. —Michael Cart
YA: Teen music fans will enjoy this
comprehensive and often intriguing
Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener’s
By Brooke Halpin.
Nov. 2017. 180p. Rowman & Littlefield, $34
(9781442271432); e-book, $33.99 (9781442271449).
Part of the Listener’s Companion series, this