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An eloquent and inspirational account of a man’s struggle to live with courage in the face of a fatal illness, reminding us that understanding cancer remains an urgent goal in biomedicine


In March 2009, during a routine medical exam, Charles Harris learned that he had incurable cancer. Although a private man, he began a blog to keep family and friends current on his progress, and found a wider audience. From the blog was born the new book Incurable, an account of a man’s struggle to live vibrantly and with courage in the face of a fatal illness. An entrepreneur and investor by profession, Charles Harris writes about living and dying, friendship and fellowship, sports and wine, race horses and recessions. His style is optimistic, direct, humorous, and companionable. Readers will find his voice brave, inspirational, and an eloquent reminder that an understanding of cancer remains an urgent goal in biomedicine. Proceeds from this book will be used by the Harris family in support of cancer research.


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About the book:
Incurable: A Life After Diagnosis was written by Charles Harris and is published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (�2011). It is available in hardcover (ISBN 978-1-936113-10-1) and is 280 pages in length, with a trim size of 6 x 9 inches. For more information, see www.cshlpress.com/link/incurable.htm.

About the author:
Charles Harris (1943-2010) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the Hill School, Princeton University (English, 1964), and Columbia University (Finance, 1967). From 1966 to 1983, he worked on Wall Street. In 1983, he became an entrepreneur, later founding Harris & Harris Group, a venture capital firm that invests in nanotechnology, from which he retired in 2008 as chairman and chief executive officer. His charitable interests included support for research universities. He bred and raced thoroughbred horses for thirty-six years. He lived in New York City, where he and his wife, Susan, raised their two children, Elizabeth and David.

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is an internationally renowned publisher of books, journals, and electronic media, located on Long Island, New York. Since 1933, it has furthered the advance and spread of scientific knowledge in all areas of genetics and molecular biology, including cancer biology, plant science, bioinformatics, and neurobiology. It is a division of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an innovator in life science research and the education of scientists, students, and the public. For more information, visit www.cshlpress.com.

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