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An evening with Ben Goldacre

Last night was a real treat. Along with my eldest son and his wife I attended the Auckland evening with Ben Goldacre, author of “Bad Science” and “Bad Pharma.” There’s also another book on the way – on statins. I doubt that I have ever met anybody who can talk as fast...

Living with uncertainty

The most difficult bit about what’s happening now is that there isn’t much happening. I’m in the in-between phase that lots of cancer patients experience once their treatment ends. For those of us with a diagnosis of terminal cancer who have had some form of...

Another “fighter” who is “battling cancer”

A recent media commentary on Radio NZ suggested that it was time to declare war on cancerous clichés, saying that the medical profession had begun to question whether the use of military-style metaphors such as “battling cancer” are bad for a patient’s health. Doctors...

More books

While holidaying at Pukehina beach, I finished reading “Malignant” a book lent to me by a friend, that tells the stories of seven people, all experts in the field of medical ethics, whose personal experiences with cancer showed them how little they understood about...