As the title implies, the book emphasizes the human side of cancer, but without ignoring the scientific aspect of the disease. The humor and humanity in the book are inspiring and provide hope and courage for both patient and psychiatrist. This is essential because cancer has an impersonal component wherein the individual experiences the neoplastic illness as a terrifying biological invasion of their well-being. The impersonal treatments, which include medication, surgery, and radiation, may all have serious psychological side effects such as delirium, depression, and anxiety. In addition to the impersonal issues, the psychological reaction to these terrifying diseases is discussed. Finally, the interpersonal elements of the cancer experience are reviewed.