The End of Illness

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 12:00am


The End of Illness
by David Agus
Simon and Schuster (e-book)

Oncologist David Agus, a medical professor at the University of Southern California, acknowledges in The End of Illness that he is disappointed in the progress the medical profession has made in its approach to cancer, arguing there might be a better way to achieving health than the method fostered by germ theory's 'Diagnose. Treat. Diagnose. Treat.' Agus points to the senselessness of naming cancer depending on the body part in which it happens, saying there are millions of cancers and that the average cancer has more than 100 mutations in coding genes. In short he's admitting there is no way to comprehend or model the mutations, and that cancer isn't so much what you 'get' or 'have' but what your body does. His advice regarding better cancer treatment is based on proteomics - the study of proteins - which allows us to 'listen in' on 'cellular conversation'. Agus outlines clues that may indicate problems present or to come, including osteoarthritis, which can be predicted according to finger length. Readers will be interested, too, in finding out how to read their nails and hair.