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- Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, Former Commissioner of the FDA and Former Director of the National Cancer Institute
"Grisham has gone rogue, turning his formidable writing skills into an outreach to us all in an effort to shed light on a new, disruptive medical technology that has the potential to save lives. Seldom does a writer at the top of his game step away from his career to speak out on a revolutionary medical therapy. He says this is the most important book he has ever written. I believe him. This book is an amazing read!"
- Antonio Mendez, Retired CIA officer, author of ARGO
"What incredible potential to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients while decreasing the cost of care. I've seen the power of this technology firsthand with doctors at the University of Virginia. Just as that experience brought home the reality of the technology for me, John Grisham's The Tumor gives readers a better picture for what the future of medicine can look like with focused ultrasound."
- U.S. Senator Mark Warner
"Grisham's book is changing the game. He has pulled an exciting new medical technology out of the labs of academic research and onto the pages of an enlightening book. He paints a great picture of how sound waves may shape the future of medicine."
- Ed Miller, MD, former CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine
"John emotionally captures the tremendous opportunity for Focused Ultrasound to provide a new revolutionary disruptive therapy that will improve, extend and save lives."
- Steve Rusckowski, President & CEO, Quest Diagnostics Inc.
"John Grisham utilizes his great storytelling talents to bring to life the science that may change the treatment of some of the most dreaded cancers. Grisham's view into one innovative therapy will give hope to millions about treatments that don't poison and destroy, arriving long before the yet-to-be-discovered 'individualized medicine'. The book combines fact and future in an enlightening and informative way."
- Howard Stevenson, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Emeritus, Harvard Business School
"The book is a terrific hybrid of novel and technology review. It provides a dramatic sense of the difference between what is available now and the possibility of the future. So many of us know people that could be the protagonist, that exploring the experience from the patient point of view is very compelling."
- Gordy Slack, neuroscience journalist and author
"Sooner or later many are likely to benefit from this game changing technology. Now the task at hand is to cause its development to occur as rapidly as possible. By increasing awareness, The Tumor can help make focused ultrasound available sooner to countless patients worldwide with a host of medical conditions."
- Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands
"Focused ultrasound therapy is far from fictional: It's real and rapidly gaining fame. But to see John Grisham move in this book from the legal world into medicine is to realize that the focused ultrasound story needs to be shared and there is no better way than through one of our best storytellers."
- Carol Loomis, Retired Fortune Magazine editor and writer
"A radical and potentially revolutionary view of the future of brain cancer treatment and cure. Using non-invasive focused ultrasound in the treatment of brain tumors with minimal side effects or down time seems like science fiction. In the book "The Tumor," John Grisham describes this highly innovative clinical process, which consists of applying sound waves at a frequency past the hearing capability of a human ear. The technology is no longer science fiction and may one day rewrite the outcome for cancers of the brain, breast, liver, prostate, and pancreas as well as many other serious diseases."
- Richard Merkin, MD, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network
"John Grisham is amazing. For 25 years, he has entertained and educated us with his legal thrillers. Now, he is opening our minds to one of the most exciting medical treatments of our time. The Tumor is a quick but truly fascinating read."
- Bill Crutchfield, Founder & CEO, Crutchfield Corporation
- ASIN : B01AUYDNI6
- Publisher : Focused Ultrasound Foundation; 3rd edition (January 19, 2016)
- Publication date : January 19, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 21664 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 70 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #518 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Rather than a novella or short story, this is a brochure promoting a medical procedure. I'm happy to learn about this upcoming treatment, and as a promotional brochure, this had excellent content. If I were rating it as a pamphlet advocating for advancing a medical procedure, I would have rated it much higher. But that's not how it's promoted--it's called a non-legal thriller, and that is total deception. Maybe not total--it it "non-legal," so that part of the description is accurate. However, it is no way a thriller.
The so-called book was free; if I had paid for this, I would have been very upset. However, there is no need for the deception. Had it been promoted as nonfiction explaining a new medical procedure that can save lives, it would have been interesting and probably more successful in raising awareness and obtaining financial support for getting this procedure tested, approved, and available to patients.
Calling this book fiction makes me wonder if what this new procedure can do is fiction.
If you want to know what focused ultrasound is and how the promoters say it will impact treatment for brain tumors and many other medical conditions, read this pamphlet. If you want to read a thriller, look elsewhere.
It starts out as a very dry, depressing story about a brain cancer patient. Then Grisham imagines how the fellow’s story might end differently if he was treated using focused ultrasound waves. Then you’re introduced to some folks, via YouTube videos, who’ve successfully managed their illnesses using this technology. Finally, Grisham introduces you to an organization promoting the development of the technology within links to their website.
I’m not saying it was wrong for John Grisham to write this, and it’s certainly not wrong for him to give it away free. However, I think he needs to give readers a heads up that it’s not leisure reading. Unless you’re interested in focused ultrasound treatment, don’t bother reading this book.
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With detailed graphic narrative and informative illustrations Grisham first portrays a fictional patient, Paul, born in 1980, and discovery of a brain tumour at age 35 years. He covers the then ongoing treatments but Paul dies 9 months after first surgery – after much trauma and at a cost of approx. $300,000. Grisham next describes an alternative scenario where if Paul had been born in 1990 and diagnosed again at 35 years old in 2015 he could have undergone focused ultrasound procedures which were repeated another two times after 3 and 4 years – at huge financial saving to approx. $75,000 cost – with useful life prolonged for 10 years.
Moving to the present, and with case-study examples Grisham makes a case for focused ultrasound as non-invasive therapeutic technology, and he outlines unique medical research by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation over a wider range of conditions (including my own experience of Parkinson’s), and he ends with an appeal for support. Contacts, websites etc. are given for additional information. How can you help improve the lives of family and friends, and maybe even your own?
So too, Grisham has written one non-fiction book, "The Innocent Man". This was an exploration of "small town justice gone terribly awry". This is the story of a one-time major league baseball player who was wrongly convicted of rape. The cover notes of this book state that "If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you."
Now John Grisham enhances his vision and widens his literary appeal with a couple of short novels (novellas) from a different literary genre.
The first of these is called "The Tumor" (note the American spelling). This is the apparently true account of a family man, Paul, who was born in 1980. At age thirty five, Paul is diagnosed with, and undergoes treatment for, a brain tumor with the medical title of a “glioblastoma”. It is one of the rarest and deadliest of brain cancers. Grisham informs the reader that some of the well-known persons who have died from this illness include Wilma Rudolph (athlete), George Gershwin (composer), “Ted” Kennedy (politician), Susan Hayward (actress) and “Beau” Biden (youngest son of the current presidential candidate, Joe Biden).
The writer tells the story of Paul’s brain cancer and how it ended his life - with effects on family, friends, and work colleagues.
Grisham then retells the story as if Paul had been born ten years latter and how this would have resulted in new forms of treatment, particularly a treatment known as “Focused Ultrasound”, and greater life expectancy. It is an effective method of storytelling, inviting access to the deeper details of the story and an appreciation of the medical involvement and apparatus - present and future. The text is accompanied with appropriate pictures, statistics, and diagrams.
Grisham’s short story serves more than the simple purpose of telling another story. He has an obvious personal interest in the new form of “Focused Ultrasound” treatment for brain cancer, as well as its suitability for treating other forms of cancer. Grisham says that “I have found no other cause, issue, non-profit, or charity that can potentially save so many lives. One day in the not-too-distant future, you, or someone you love, will be diagnosed with a tumor. After the shock, you will think of focused ultrasound. Let us hope it’s available”. It is for this reason that John Grisham considers that this story is the most important which he has written and been published. This self-opinion deserves due consideration, if not agreement.
It would seem, therefore, that John Grisham has written this story to promote, in his own inimitable way, the work of the “Focused Ultrasound Foundation”. This endeavour attracts admiration for the author in publishing Paul’s story and making “Focused Ultrasound” more widely known. There is no suggestion that he will personally benefit from effectively advertising this treatment and the foundation that champions it. He seems to have used his literary gifts for the benefit of others. Still, there may be those who believe that his motives are otherwise. In the matter of John Grisham, however, reader cynicism is not well-founded. Being a member of the board of the “Focused Ultrasound Foundation” does not de-legitimise Grisham's pursuit of making the public aware of its existence - on the contrary.
This short story is an undemanding physical read, but it may have an emotional appeal to some readers. It is a worthwhile read and is recommended for its practical ramifications, as well as being satisfactory literature. The short story is currently available only in its Kindle edition - from which this review was undertaken.
John Grisham has used his name to further a technology relatively unknown to most healthy (sometimes even the unwell) population; he is "peddling" this to bring it to the attention of his wide readers base.
Please let's not undermine every single thing just because internet has allowed us to become "reviewers". I agree with the reviewers who are reviewing solely the writing and not the content. However, those who are trying to criticise the content as not being the usual Grisham material, I genuinely humbly suggest reading a little about the book before you pick it up. A simple Google search would prepare you quickly for what the book is about to deliver.