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Introduction: We Just Don't Know It Yet 1. Living in Prognosis: The Firing Squad of Statistics 2. Poker Face: Gaming a Lifespan 3. Cancer Butch: Trip Up the Fast Lane 4. Lost Chance: Medical Mistakes 5. The Mortality Effect: The Future in Cancer Trials 6. Inconceivable: Where IVF Goes Bad 7. Can Sir: What Screening Doesn't Do 8. Fallout: Minuets in the Key of Fear 9. Rubble: Bakelite Bodies Conclusion: Shameless Acknowledgments Notes Index

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S. Lochlann Jain is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and author of Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States.


"Brilliant." -- Barbara Kiser Nature "A whip-smart read." -- Becky Lang Discover "A dark journey into cancer as it is understood, diagnosed and treated in America today." Kirkus "The book effortlessly combines the author's roles as a first-person participant in cancer diagnosis and an anthropological authority on why we Americans tolerate high rates of cancer." Public Books "Malignant is a wonderful book... In this candid and critical analysis, [Jain]... eloquently captures the ambiguity and uncertainty that undergird every aspect of cancer." Journal of Anthropological Research

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