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BULL’S EYE: If Jack Reacher was a precious metal ...


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The last of the eight bags of poison they feed you is the real killer. The ones that come early in the three-hour infusion are really only there to toughen you up, to make sure you don’t heave up the good stuff the instant it hits your vein. 

The two bags of Taxol aren’t a whole bunch of fun, dripping in a dull pain and a dopey haze behind the eyes, a feeling of malaise, but they are mere ushers to the main act, which is Carboplatin. 

Taxol has been around since the 1970s, the result of a wild, blind hunt to find chemicals to annihilate cancer. “There was Taxol, one gram purified from the bark of a hundred Pacific yew trees, whose molecular structure resembled a winged insect,” writes the oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee in his magisterial The Emperor of All Maladies...

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