How much is one life worth?BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2365 (Published 05 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2365
- Karol Sikora, dean, University of Buckingham Medical School, and consultant oncologist, Hammersmith Hospital, London
I don’t read much and certainly not novels by American feminist writers. And I don’t do books about people with cancer. But So Much for That really shook me—I was told it would. A middle class New York suburban redneck, Shep, has the ambition to pack in his work as a handyman and retire to an island off Africa where things are cheap. This is a little wacky, as such people usually never have a passport. Sadly, just before he goes, his wife, Glynis, is given a diagnosis of cancer and enters the great US medical system, battling with her insurers, oncologist, and the system.
Three other characters have medical problems: Jackson, a work colleague of Shep’s who has penis size issues and is left mutilated after cowboy enlargement surgery; Flicka, …