The Cancer Biopathy

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A Shrinking Disease Due to Chronic Sexual Starvation

What is Cancer? Traditionally, medical science has thought of it as an invasive tumor arising spontaneously in an otherwise healthy organism. In contrast, Wilhelm Reich defines cancer not as a tumor—the tumor is merely a late manifestation of the disease—but a systemic disease due to chronic thwaring of natural sexual functioning. In this radically different scientific investigation of a process that ends, literally, in the ...

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Overview

A Shrinking Disease Due to Chronic Sexual Starvation

What is Cancer? Traditionally, medical science has thought of it as an invasive tumor arising spontaneously in an otherwise healthy organism. In contrast, Wilhelm Reich defines cancer not as a tumor—the tumor is merely a late manifestation of the disease—but a systemic disease due to chronic thwaring of natural sexual functioning. In this radically different scientific investigation of a process that ends, literally, in the putrefaction of the living body due to chronic suffocatin of the tissues, Reich has arrived at the conclusion that "cancer is the most significant somatic expression of biophysiological effect of sexual stasis." If this is so, there is a far greater possibility for prevention of cancer than for its treatment.

The Cancer Biopathy is Volume II of The Discovery of the Orgone. Volume I is The Function of the Orgasm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374510145
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 12/28/1973
  • Pages: 433
  • Sales rank: 1,035,926
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many works include Listen, Little Man!, Character Analysis, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism. He died in 1957.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv
I. The Function of Tension and Charge 3
II. Orgone Energy Vesicles (Bions) and the Natural Organization of Protozoa 14
III. The Actual Discovery of Orgone Energy 74
IV. The Objective Demonstration of Orgone Radiation 96
V. The Carcinomatous Shrinking Biopathy 151
VI. The Cancer Cell 213
VII. Nature and Development of the Orgone Therapy Experiments 290
VIII. Results of Experimental Orgone Therapy in Humans with Cancer 310
IX. Anorgonia in the Carcinomatous Shrinking Biopathy 343
X. The Cancer Biopathy as a Problem of Sexual Sociology 401
Appendix 424
Index 427
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  • Posted February 12, 2012

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    Highly recommended.

    To get something out of this book, one must already have a sense that its author, Wilhelm Reich, has something to teach the modern (or contemporary world). I came to this book gradually, having read about its contents in summaries elsewhere in Reich's writings and in Myron Sharaf's biography of Reich, Fury on Earth. I decided that I had to read this book, although it was more technical in some ways than some of his other books (given that it describes his cutting-edge scientific research in the early 1940's). If you are going to follow the reasoning and evidence that led to the positing of what was to Reich a new form of energy, orgone, you cannot avoid reading the book, which after all has the subtitle: The Discovery of the Orgone (vol. II). This was the period in which the U.S. scientific establishment was hurrying to develop the atom bomb (and was focused on atomic energy) for military purposes. Reich's orgone, by contrast, was a relatively "soft" form of energy, which seems to have had promising results for healing, or slowing the progress of diseases like cancer, as well as other uses. Some recent researchers think he was empirically discovering the same energy force that traditional Chinese medicine has long called qi (or chi), which turns out to have many of the same properties as Reich's orgone. I finished the book more convinced than I was at the start that Reich was a careful scientific investigator, underappreciated in his own time and still mischaracterized by many today who tend to go with the intellectual herd and dismiss him.

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