LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
DeVita (medical oncology & epidemiology, Yale Univ.) is a pioneer in the development of chemotherapy and one of the biggest names in oncology. This title, cowritten with the author’s daughter DeVita-Raeburn (The Empty Room), a journalist who covers science, health, and society, is a lively personal history of cancer treatment sprinkled with biography, patients’ stories, politics, doctors behaving badly, and plenty of unvarnished opinion. [more]
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
A few scenes from "The Death of Cancer" would slot nicely into an episode of "House of Cards," the Netflix series about Washington dirty dealings. A powerful senator sidles up to his soon-to-be ex-wife at a public gathering. His approach attracts press photographers, as he no doubt knew it would. But while he talks to his wife, he holds a piece of paper and looks directly at the man sitting beside her. The senator is Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). [more]
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Science and Politics Collide in ‘The Death of Cancer’
The scene is a wild cocktail party in Washington at the tail end of the Kennedy administration. Our innocent young narrator, new to the rituals of power, watches in fascination as one of his superiors dances by with a half-undressed woman slung over a shoulder. By the end of the evening, he has helped hoist another of his bosses, dead drunk, out of a bathtub. [more]
THE NEW YORKER
Tough Medicine. A disturbing report from the front lines of the war on cancer.
In the fall of 1963, not long after Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., joined the National Cancer Institute as a clinical associate, he and his wife were invited to a co-worker’s party. At the door, one of the institute’s most brilliant researchers, Emil Freireich, presented them with overflowing Martinis. [more]
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Hidden Combat in the Cancer War. Bruising battles not only with tumor cells but with hide-bound institutions and bureaucracies.
In the war on cancer, Vincent DeVita is a battle-tested veteran, a pioneer in oncology who opened the door to many of the promising treatments coming out of labs today. [more]
A Conversation with Vincent DeVita, MD: No Truce Sought in Cancer War: ‘We Want to Cure This Disease’
Vincent DeVita, MD, was director of the National Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Program from 1980 to 1988 and director of the Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to 2003. His new book, titled The Death of Cancer and cowritten with his daughter, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, came out late last year. [more]