To Dance with the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer; Politics, Power, People

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Based on three years of in-depth research and scores of firsthand interviews with the nation's most innovative doctors, scientists, policymakers, and activists, To Dance with the Devil combines medical detective story with political journalism in an unprecedented behind-the-scenes account of the new war against breast cancer.

Interweaving the latest scientific findings and public policy with the gripping human stories of clinicians and patients grappling with the disease firsthand, Karen Stabiner chronicles a year at the groundbreaking UCLA Breast Center, following the progress of Dr. Susan Love, the eminent breast surgeon and author, and a number of Love's patients. From UCLA, her narrative spirals out to examine the turbulent national scene, moving from the White House and the halls of Congress to the cutting-edge labs of leading genetic researchers, from glittering charity events to bureaucratic offices where life-and-death decisions are filtered through the unforgiving lens of cost-benefit analysis.

At once an up-to-the-minute report and a compelling contemporary drama, To Dance with the Devil is a must-read inside story of the war against one of medicine's most elusive foes. It is a book destined to change irrevocably the way we think about America's devastating breast cancer epidemic.

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"Compelling, moving...will be compared to And the Band Played On....Interweave[s] policy and biography, cold science and heartbreaking reality."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Exhaustively researched...A story that has everything: mystery, heroes, villains, life, death, hope."
--Los Angeles Times

"Brilliant."
--The New Yorker

"A stunning piece of work...An absolutely lucid, entirely absorbing, and meticulously reported exploration of culture and politics at the cutting edge in medicine."
--Joan Didion

"This book is for everyone who wants to make sense of the mystery."
--New York Newsday

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About the Author:

Karen Stabiner, whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, is the author of Inventing Desire, an acclaimed portrait of contemporary American advertising, among other books. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and daughter.

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