The Rousseau theory of cancer

Simply stated, it is that

in a virtuous state of nature, man would never get it.

This, says Dalrymple,

raises the question of what man would die from in such a state.

While we’re on the subject of cancer, Dalrymple remembers that when his mother had it,

she demanded that after her operation she be told everything. She had a poor prognosis (the likelihood of recurrence and death within a year was great), and the surgeon, sizing her up, advised against a full disclosure of the facts.

She lived another 20 years, and

I have little doubt that the surgeon was absolutely right and humane in his advice, which was to mislead, if not actually to deceive, her.

Advertisements
Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: