The Topic of Cancer: New Perspectives on the Emotional Experience of Cancer

Editor : Jonathan Burke

The Topic of Cancer: New Perspectives on the Emotional Experience of Cancer

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 256
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 33075
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491134
  • ISBN 10 : 1780491131

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This is an extremely valuable book. Despite all improvements in outlook and changes in attitude towards it, cancer still faces those who suffer from it, and those who care for and are close to them, with a unique challenge. This book helps to meet that challenge on many levels. Rooted in psychoanalytic understanding, it is at the same time multifaceted. It brings together outstanding contributions from medical, psychological, and spiritual perspectives and shows the creativity that those confronting cancer may discover in themselves. The chapters are impressive individually, and taken together they offer a fresh and rich view of the “topic of cancer”. Truly a book to be grateful for.’
— Michael Parsons, British Psychoanalytical Society; author of The Dove That Returns: The Dove That Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis

‘This multifaceted volume brings together the diverse perspectives of psychoanalysis, clinical medicine, and the creative arts to illuminate the experience of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. Beginning with a detailed account of Sigmund Freud’s personal struggle with the disease, it takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the emotional lives of cancer patients and their families. The wealth of information in this evocative text will undoubtedly inspire readers to pursue the many threads that have been woven into this thoughtful account of an illness.’
— Gary Rodin MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist in the Ontario Cancer Institute; and holder of the University Health Network Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto

‘The authors in Jonathan Burke’s truly outstanding and moving book have managed to speak about cancer in a direct, compassionate, non-defensive, and non-catastrophising way. I experienced great comfort in knowing that cancer can be engaged with, however painful it may be for the person who might be dying, and for those who will survive. The Topic of Cancer: New Perspectives on the Emotional Experience of Cancer deserves a crucial place not on our bookshelves, but rather, more immediately, on our bedside tables.’
— Professor Brett Kahr, extracted from the Foreword

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