Chapter 1: Babe Ruth’s Cancer
His voice became progressively hoarse, and he experienced severe pain behind his left eye. He wrote in his autobiography (The Babe Ruth Story, published in 1948) that his “voice sounded like somebody gargling ashes.”
Because hoarseness heralded the onset of Ruth’s disease and plagued him throughout his illness, his doctors assumed he had cancer of the larynx (voicebox). This diagnosis was reinforced when Ruth admitted to using tobacco and drinking alcohol since he was a child. He once told a reporter, “I learned early to drink beer, wine, whiskey, and I think I was about five when I first chewed tobacco.” As an adult, he was an inveterate cigar smoker.
An autopsy revealed that he did not have cancer of the larynx.
Chapter 5: He Could Not Read a Note
It was a perfect match—Bocelli with a physical challenge to a vital organ, and Corelli with a disabling mental challenge. They were brought together by an instrument they both played by ear—their voice. Neither could read a note.
Chapter 12: Humor as Medicine
One style is self-serving, while the other style serves others. In the first style, an individual displays self-enhancing humor and a humorous outlook on life and can maintain this positive perspective even when faced with potentially stressful events and situations. These individuals also use humor as a coping strategy to minimize negative emotions and keep a realistic perspective on life.