“Mr Terzani, you have cancer,” said the doctor, but it seems as if he wasn’t actually talking to me. So much so—and I realised this at once, to my own surprise—that I didn’t get emotional, I didn’t despair. It was as if this whole matter, in the end, was no business of mine.”
So begins Terzani’s book and his remarkable odyssey, at first in search of a cure and then, increasingly, in search of understanding. His journey takes him from his native Italy to, at first, New York for the ‘cutting edge’ in cancer treatment that western science has to offer. In between the spells of treatment: chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, Terzani sets off on travels “with the idea of seeing all the other types of medicines, therapies and miracles that could be of use”.