The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller

The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller

by John Grisham

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John Grisham says THE TUMOR is the most important book he has ever written. In this short book, he provides readers with a fictional account of how a real, new medical technology could revolutionize the future of medicine by curing with sound.

THE TUMOR follows the present day experience of the fictional patient Paul, an otherwise healthy 35-year-old father who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Grisham takes readers through a detailed account of Paul's treatment and his family's experience that doesn't end as we would hope. Grisham then explores an alternate future, where Paul is diagnosed with the same brain tumor at the same age, but in the year 2025, when a treatment called focused ultrasound is able to extend his life expectancy.

Focused ultrasound has the potential to treat not just brain tumors, but many other disorders, including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, hypertension, and prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer.

For more information or to order a free hardcopy of the book, you can visit The Focused Ultrasound Foundation's website, Here you will find a video of Grisham on the TEDx stage with the Foundation's chairman and a Parkinson's patient who brings the audience to its feet sharing her incredible story of a focused ultrasound miracle.

Readers will get a taste of the narrative they expect from Grisham, but this short book will also educate and inspire people to be hopeful about the future of medical innovation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495179419
Publisher: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 67
Sales rank: 2,105
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

John Grisham is an American writer and former attorney and politician, best known for his popular legal thrillers. Grisham's first novel, A Time to Killl, was written and published in 1989 while he served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi. Many of his books have been adapted into films and television shows, including his first best seller, The Firm. In 2010, he started a book series for children, Theodore Boone, in which the main character provides legal advice to his classmates.

Learn more about John Grisham on the B&N Podcast


Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1955

Place of Birth:

Jonesboro, Arkansas


B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't a book. It's a 17 page medical article with some possible future developments thrown in. I can't believe BN is passing this off as the free Friday selection. Even free, this is a total rip off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few pictures, a brief med history and the end. John Grisham should remember how to write...and B&N should remember how many loyal customers they are disrespecting with this zero "free" book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So years ago when i first boughtmy nook there was a weekly free classic. Then it dwindled to fridays free book. Now we have come to.... well i am not sure is it an ouline for what will be a fullbook or maybe it is a loom athow todonate to research,butresllywhat itcomes down to is no more free fridays. Makes me sad. So B&N gets 0 stars, the tumor outline fors potential book trying to be sold to publisher, 1 star because it lost me on the 3rd "chapter".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grisham is on the Board of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, and while I found the research intriguing, it is the author using his notoriety to seek readers to support his cause and donations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree! What happened to actually free books, not short stories? I put one starfor B&n not Grisham.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.I was at first wondering what might happened and then I knew. Please continue to inform us . Thank you for making this available for me to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read about a new treatment option using ultrasound. Maybe he should include a campaign to spur the FDA into quicker action. Also, is this treatment available outside the US on a larger scale?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoping for a good weekend read 1st time trying Free Friday that was a disappointment! Weekend read? couldn't read more than chapter If anyone at BN reads these maybe you could offer a free Friday book worth a weekend to enjoy! It's a zero
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative and easy to understand technogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great information for all as current treatments are devastating. To the complainers , God forbid you should take 15 minutes out of your self centered lives to learn something that may save your lives one day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book. It's short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. If this type of treatment was available now so many lives would be saved.
READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
This is not written in a true book format instead, it is a long brochure. Even so, I found the contents to be incredibly interesting. The document tells about a treatment that is still in its infancy called focused ultrasound therapy and all the incredible things that are possible due to it. The way that this treatment is told to the reader is in an interesting format. You are told of a man's battle with a brain tumor, but with two different outcomes. One in today's society and then in the near future using the focused ultrasound therapy. The uses of ultrasound therapy go far beyond just that. What I thought was the most spectacular is how chemotherapy agents could be enclosed in microscopic nanoparticles then injected into a patient's bloodstream when they reach the area of the body that needs to be treated the focused ultrasound then activates the nanoparticles releasing the chemotherapy in the precise area. Therefore, the patient does not have the physical sickness as they do with today's way of delivering chemotherapy drugs. Amazing! If you are interested in science or medicine this is a quick and informative read. I would recommend reading it on your computer or tablet since it’s filled with a lot of pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm less than thrilled with this nook. The selection of free books is limited to mainly cheap romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Treatments for cancer can be worse than the disease itself. I had a family member who was cancer free when he died from radiation burns and infections caused by the treatments. This books offers hope for something incredibly better if the therapy can be successfully developed. "The Tumor" is a quick and enlightening read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased based on local library recommendation. I found it very interesting. With todays technology you would think the approval process would move much faster. I will recommend when possible. JDL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful Insightful!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting information that we all need to learn about and keep focused on.
ViolaDB More than 1 year ago
Thank you Mr. Grisham! This is a fascinating book, if for no other reason than to raise awareness about a new and cutting edge treatment for numerous diseases and conditions including cancer. Focused ultrasound therapy--WOW what a difference it has and WILL make! This is a must read for everyone!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Right on!
Anonymous 4 months ago
this is a wonderful step in medicine. I had uterine fibroids back in the 80's and daughter just had hysterectomy for same last month.this will eliminate so much pain and needless surgeries, and expenses. hoe it is available soon!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was very interesting though sad because Paul died so young. If the FDA would move a little faster these improvements could save many lives.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a medical then and sometime in the future now. I found it interesting but short. What did annoy me was an ebook is not that hard to update. The checklist of approvals by the FDA for the process was from 2015. I believe that the status of some of the uses of the ultrasound technology has changed. Update the chart, give people some hope. Let them know the future is arriving.