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New Book Chronicles the Journeys of Women Physicians and Scientists to the Front Lines of Fighting Cancer
Date:3/20/2009

ce Village, Montrose, and Pearland locations); Majors Books; River Oaks Book Store; Blue Willow Bookshop; Brazos Bookstore; and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Dental Branch, Medical School, School of Nursing bookstores).

Proceeds from the sale of Legends and Legacies will benefit internships for women interested in careers in cancer medicine or science at M. D. Anderson.

SIDEBAR: REMARKABLE STORIES FROM LEGENDS AND LEGACIES

Each woman featured in Legends and Legacies overcame personal struggles and their stories shine a light on obstacles that many may think are long gone.

Take these:

  • Varsha V. Gandhi, Ph.D., Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, describes her journey to M. D. Anderson as "a rags-to-riches transition." After emigrating to the United States with her husband, Gandhi worked hard at whatever task was at hand - from studying molecular biology and cancer therapeutics to job hunting in a foreign country and even learning how to drive in parking lots - eventually earning a tenured position in experimental therapeutics at M. D. Anderson. She now serves as the director of education and faculty development for her department.
  • Eugenie S. Kleinerman, M.D., Professor and Head of Division of Pediatrics, was told she was "too cute" to be a doctor and urged to become a nurse. Her advisor at a top medical school said "women don't belong in medicine." She has since led the development of a technique to activate the body's immune system against osteosarcoma and was named the first woman division head at M. D. Anderson in 2001.
  • Inspired by Marie Curie and the untimely death of a childhood friend in Hiroshima from acute granulocytic leukemia, Ritsuko Komaki, M.D., Professor of Radiation Oncology, has devoted her life to becoming a scientist, clinician and educator. In 2006, she helped open the Proton The
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