WAS MY WIFE A CASUALTY OF AMERICA'S
MEDICAL COLD WAR?
by A. Robert Smith
Paraview Press, 2001
Health, 232 pp
Trade paperback: $14.95
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Following two broken marriages and her mother's suicide,
Jane came into the happiest time of her life with a new love --
only to have it end tragically. Her death certificate states that
she died of "metastatic carcinoma of unknown primary" - medical
lingo for a cancer whose source remains a mystery. That
explanation fails to reveal how Jane was placed in harm's way by
health-care practitioners who belittle one another's valuable
skills, refuse to cooperate, misdiagnose (or make no attempt to
diagnose), and who believe that their treatment plan is the only
plan, thereby putting the patient at risk. This poignant story,
told through Jane's private journals by her author husband, is a
cautionary tale for everyone caught in the crossfire of America's
medical "cold war."
"A beautiful love story that focuses on the struggle of medicine
today. Robert and Jane's search for meaning touches on something
very important as each of us tries to answer that question in our
Eleanora Woloy, M.D. Jungian analyst
"An inspiring story of love, faith, and courage in the face of
terminal cancer. And a powerful testimony to the urgent need for
cooperation between allopathic and alternative medicine."
Simone Gabbay, author of Nourishing the Body Temple
"A deeply moving story of love and faith in the face of
profoundly difficult choices posed by a life-threatening illness.
By sharing his wife struggle with cancer and her conscious death
at home in the presence of loved ones, Bob Smith has given a gift
of inestimable value to all of us as we confront mortality."
Daniel Redwood, author, A Time to Heal
A. ROBERT SMITH is the
editor of Venture Inward magazine, author of five previous
books, including The Lost Memoirs of Edward
Cayce and a former Washington correspondent and columnist
whose work has been published in the New York Times Magazine,
Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Portland
Oregonian, Virginian-Pilot and other publications. He lives
in Virginia Beach, Virginia.