is also to be credited with engaging the public with the "Jimmy Fund,'' a brilliant idea paralleled in American medical history only by the "March of Dimes'' for polio research.
-- widely acclaimed as the father of chemotherapy -- emerges as a central character in the book.
Mukherjee also highlights many of the unsung heroes in the cancer fight, including Sidney Farber
, the pediatric pathologist who invented modern chemotherapy, and Mary Lasker, the New England socialite who lobbied tirelessly for cancer funding.
Scientific optimism after the Second World War led a leading American oncologist, Sidney Farber
, to talk in 1962 of the underlying "singularity" of cancer, and to postulate a "universal cure",.