A Season in HellBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7179.336 (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:336
- Irene M Peat, consultant in clinical oncology.
- Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust
Virago Press, £15.99, pp 288
ISBN 1 86049 447 1
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This is a remarkable true story. In 1992 Marilyn French, best selling author of The Women's Room, was found to have inoperable squamous carcinoma of the intrathoracic oesophagus, presenting with metastatic supraclavicular nodes. She was told that even with localised disease and intensive treatment the chance of surviving five years was less than 1 in 5 and that metastatic disease meant terminal illness. Although espousing truth and assertiveness in her everyday life, she …