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The Truth in Small Doses: Interview with Clifton Leaf (Part 1 of 2)

Posted Aug 09 2013 12:00am

I found a lot to like and agree with in The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer and How to Win It by Clifton Leaf, published recently. It grew out of a 2004 article in Fortune in which Leaf described poor results from cancer research and said that cancer researchers work under a system that “rewards academic achievement and publication over all else” in particular, over “genuine breakthroughs.” I did not agree, however, with his recommendations for improvement, which seemed to reflect the same thinking that got us here. It reminded me of President Obama putting in charge of fixing the economy the people who messed it up. However, Leaf had spent a lot of time on the book, and obviously cared deeply, and had freedom of speech (he doesn’t have to worry about offending anyone, as far as I can tell) so I wondered how he would defend his point of view.

Here is Part 1 of an interview in which Leaf answered written questions.

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