“…cancer is a pugnacious adversary, rising to its feet after every knockout”: Neil Langdon Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis

In a period of weeks in January 2016, the deaths of a spate of celebrities both major and minor were reported in the press.  All were of approximately the same age (not elderly by today’s standards), and all had succumbed to mankind’s most feared affliction. Such news stories call into question popular faith in medical progress.

In his review, appraising The Emperor of All Maladies—A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee and Unnatural History—Breast Cancer and American Society by Robert A. Aronowitz MD, to be published in Interlitq´s “English Writers 3”, and assessing the history and state of play in cancer research and therapy, a world in which optimistic prognostications have long coexisted with the grim reality. Neil Langdon Inglis, U. S. General Editor of Interlitq, and a contributor to Issues 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Interlitq, and Interlitq´s “English Writers 1” and “English Writers 2“, concludes:

“These obituaries reveal what we already know—that cancer is a pugnacious adversary…”


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