Steve Jobs refused cancer surgery early on

Biographer: Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery – CBS News.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused to allow surgeons to perform what could have been life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer, says his biographer Walter Isaacson. In one of his deepest discussions with him, Isaacson says Jobs told him he regretted his decision to try alternative therapies and said he put off the operation because it was too invasive.

Asked by Kroft [Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes] how such an intelligent man could make such a seemingly stupid decision, Isaacson replies, “I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking…we talked about this a lot,” he tells Kroft.

Source: Multiple

Would Steve Jobs still be alive had he not waited to get surgery? Jobs’ thoughts about alternative medicine or at least the power of will is a fallacy many pro-alternative medicine believers seem to share. It just goes to show that even smart and rich people, like Steve Jobs, can fall for the promises that don’t deliver.

There was some dispute among skeptical writers on this topic. This is a followup to our original post here. Then there was a post on Respectful Insolence here. This may not get resolved but hopefully it HAS raised awareness.

  1 comment for “Steve Jobs refused cancer surgery early on

  1. October 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I’m enjoying your blog…

    Alternative medicine is a tricky subject. I’m a scientist. If I have a life-threatening illness I want to understand the mechanism by which a potential treatment would help. I understand how surgery can remove cancer from one’s body. I understand how radiation and chemotherapy kills cancer cells (and non cancer cells as well). And I am willing to concerde that some natural herbs and therapies may also treat and possibly cure diseases. But before I trust an alternative medicine with my life – I want to understand how it works, or why it works. Apparently, Jobs did not question the mechanisms of all potential treatments, only the mainstream ones. Instead, he relied on faith.

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