Books: Survivors

WE THE VICTORS by Curtis Bill Pepper Doubleday; 322 pages; $17.95

LIFE AND DEATH ON 10 WEST by Eric Lax

Times Books; 267pages; $14.95

As Critic Susan Sontag has pointed out, cancer unjustly serves as a metaphor for the monstrosities of our age. In human discourse, it is the epithet for all that is demonic, mysterious and implacable in the experience of man and society. Given this aura of dread, these two serious books of medical popularization—the first is subtitled The Inspiring Stories of People Who Conquered Cancer and How They Did It, the second is an account of a pioneering leukemia treatment—represent significant...

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