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Jonathan Burke Karnac Books ePub

Jonathan Burke

The Topic of Cancer focuses on our emotional responses to cancer, the disease that physician, researcher, and writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee, citing a nineteenth century surgeon, called “the emperor of all maladies”.

The Topic of Cancer is divided into two parts broadly titled “Bearing the Unbearable” and “Containment and Creativity”.

A subject that so many of us may want never to have to consider, the prevalence of cancer locates it never far from our conscious awareness. This book aims to open the topic up for reflection by offering a range of perspectives on cancer: psychoanalytic, medical, spiritual/religious, and literary.

Psychoanalytic publications traditionally introduce their theme by referring back to the works of Freud in much the same way as we might draw on the inspiration of our parents or the sayings of our ancestors. The Topic of Cancer being largely, albeit not entirely, a psychoanalytic publication, also begins by drawing on Freud, but from a different, deeply personal perspective: a Freud we barely know.

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Jonathan Burke Karnac Books ePub

“If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud”

—Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est
(Written between October 1917 and March 1918)

I do not generally take notes on dinner parties. But after one particularly memorable and troubling supper, more than thirty years ago, I seem to have done so.

Dr. X, a distinguished psychologist, and one of my former teachers in the mental health field, rang me with the sad news that he had developed a malignant tumour in one of his vital organs, and then explained that he would have to undergo an immediate surgical procedure. An elderly widower whose children lived overseas, Dr. X had invited me and three other former students to spend the evening with him prior to his operation. No doubt he wanted some company, but in view of the fact that he had requested that his one-time students should come for what could be a “last supper”, I suspected that he also hoped that we would be able to carry on his work and edit his papers for publication should he die on the operating table. Dr. X, a talented chef in his own right, instructed me to come for what he hoped would be a “happy meal”, and he underscored that under no circumstances must we talk about cancer. In view of his impending ordeal, he wanted this dinner party to be completely pleasant.

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A Prayer for the Dying

Francell, Lawrence J. Texas State Historical Assn Press ePub


(A Song of the Old Army)

We meet ’neath the sounding rafters,

The waits alt around us are bare.

They echo the peals of laughter,

It seems that the dead are there.

So stand by your glasses steady,

This world is a world of ties.

Here’s a toast to the dead already;

Hurrah for the next man who dies.

There’s a mist on the glass congealing,

’Tis the hurricane’s fiery breath.

And thus does the warmth of feeling,

Turn ice in the grip of death.

Oh, stand to your glasses steady,

For a moment the vapor flies.

A cup to the dead already,

An hurrah for the next who dies.

Who dreads to the dust returning?

Who shrinks from the sable shore?

Where the high and haughty yearning,

Of the soul shall sting no more.

So stand to your glasses steady,

’Tis all we have left to prize.

A toast to the dead already,

And hurrah for the next who dies.

Cut off from the land that bore us,

(Betrayed by the land we find.

Where the brightest have gone before us,

And the dullest remain behind.

So stand to your glasses steady,

The world is a web of lies.

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Final Observations

Gary W. Vequist Texas A&M University Press ePub

Final Observations

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, eighty-seven million Americans enjoy some form of wildlife-related recreation. Those Americans spend more than $122 billion annually in wildlife-related activities (e.g., binoculars, lodging, birdseed, etc.). These numbers do not include the large number of foreign visitors who come to the United States to visit Yellowstone and our other national parks in hopes of seeing our charismatic wildlife heritage. It is indisputable that wildlife watching is significant to the country, socially as well as economically.

We hope this book contributes in some small way to helping people get out and view wildlife. We especially urge parents to take their children on a wildlife safari, even if it’s just down the road to a small national, state, or county park. We believe that today’s wildlife watcher becomes tomorrow’s conservationist. Such a cycle can and should become self-perpetuating. That would be good news for our wildlife, our parks, and our country.

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Chronology of Events

Ralph A. Wooster Texas State Historical Assn ePub



November 6   Lincoln elected President

December 3   Address to People of Texas calling for state convention


January 8   Elections for delegates to state convention

28   State convention opens

February 1   State convention approves ordinance of secession

16   Twiggs surrenders federal property in Texas

23   People vote on secession ordinance

March 4   Convention canvasses vote of people

5   Convention passes ordinance uniting Texas with Confederate States of America

16   Convention removes Houston from office

April 12   Confederates fire on Fort Sumter

May 5   Texas forces occupy federal forts in Indian Territory

July 2   U.S. Navy initiates blockade of Galveston

27   John R. Baylor captures Ft. Fillmore, N.Mex.

August 10   Federals defeated at Wilson’s Creek (Oak Hill)

October 23   Sibley’s Brigade leaves San Antonio for N.Mex.


February 21   Battle of Valverde, N.Mex.

March 7   Ben McCulloch killed at Pea Ridge, Ark.

26–28   Battle of Glorieta Pass, N.Mex.

April 6 Albert Sidney Johnston killed at Shiloh, Tenn.

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Hough, Karen Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Leider, Richard J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Capra, Fritjof Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Willis, Ethan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Tracy, Brian Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Izzo, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Swanson, Richard A. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Kirkpatrick, Donald Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF
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Holman, Peggy Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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