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I read Cancer Ward thirty years ago. About to enter medicine, I found the book’s clinical aspects exciting, although I was not yet able to interpret it with the eye of a practicing physician.

On re-reading it recently, the novel’s magic remains. These natural phenomena stand as a metaphor for the unnatural decisions of the powers that thaw and freeze political freedom.

It is not only the weather which is a powerful symbol, but the practice of medicine which Solzhenitsyn compares to the USSR’s political culture. Diverse characters, put together in the oncology ward of a provincial hospital, have two things in common: However, here is where all similarities break down. Both suffer from cancer and both are cured by a combination of heavy-duty radiotherapy and injections presumably hormonal therapy which threaten their potency and, as such, their masculinity.


While the subjects, prisoner or patient, are promised many rights in theory, they enjoy almost none in practice. The prisoner is presented as a distorted mirror image of the patient. Of course, these letters were ignored by the authorities.

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The brave soldier Kostoglotov compares the present hospital environment with his recent camp experiences. In a letter to friends pagehe offers a riddle:. Bars on the windows only alekssndr the first floor, it is true, to keep the burglars out, and they are in a geometric pattern like rays of light The rooms are full of bunks In the morning you get a bread roll, sugar and tea this is a breach of regulations, because they give you breakfast later on.

All through the morning people are gloomy and silent Well, have you guessed? Of course you’ll say I must be lying: And if it’s a prison, why are there no night-time interrogations? A secondary theme, more medical, involves the ongoing conflict between conventional and alternative aleksandrr.


Another letter from Kostoglotov page There’s something noble about treating oneself with a strong poison. Over the years in Israel, I have had the opportunity to work with many physicians and nurses of Russian origin. At times I found myself somewhat perplexed by their clinical reflexes and choices. This book has helped me to better understand my colleagues.

Cancer Ward offers insights into both politics and medicine, as well as into the politics of medicine. Solzhenitsyn also has solzheniitsyn to teach us about clinical practice and respect for patients. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. J R Soc Med. Reviewed by A Mark Clarfield.

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