Ian Gibbins reviews 'On Immunity' by Eula Biss

Ian Gibbins

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of arguably the biggest single breakthrough in our knowledge of how immunity works. After years of uncertainty, it turned out that the immune system contains two major functional classes of white blood cells. One class recognises foreign organisms, such as invading bacteria or transplanted tissue from an incompatible organ do ... More

Carol Middleton reviews 'Dear Life' by Karen Hitchcock

Carol Middleton

In her long-form essay Dear Life, columnist and fiction writer Karen Hitchcock considers how we in Australia treat the elderly and dying. To the task she brings her formidable skills as a writer and her experience at the coalface, working as a staff physician in a Melbourne public hospital. The result is a sensitive, rigorous, and moving account that ex ... More

Siddhartha Mukherjee: The Emperor of all Maladies; Paul Cox: Tales From the Cancer Ward; Geoff Goodfellow, Grace Goodfellow, and Randy Larcombe: Waltzing with Jack Dancer; and Dudley Bradshaw: Cancer Four Times Removed

Felicity Plunkett

Three personal studies of the experience of cancer

Felicity Plunkett


The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Fourth Estate, $35 pb, 571 pp, 9780007367481


Tales from the Cancer Ward
by Pa ... More

2011 Calibre Prize (winner): 'Who Killed Matilda?'

Moira McKinnon

I am a doctor. Once I was a doctor of individuals, now I am a ‘doctor of populations’. Population health is about actions to improve the health of communities, nations, and the world. Challenges are many: the mobility and density of populations, contemporary desires and pressures, the safety of food in complex systems, poverty, the immense power of big businesse ... More

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