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An Award-Winning, Brutally Honest, and Powerfully Written Memoir of a Once Prominent Cancer Doctor Who Committed the Unthinkable

CEP Books
Posted on: 28 Oct 16

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CINCINNATI, Oct. 28, 2016

CINCINNATI, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- IN THE SUMMER OF 2013, a home was raided by the police and then surrounded by local television news vans and helicopters while an entire community was gripped in fear, anger, and confusion. The events that actually lead to this moment and all that transpired afterwards have continued to remain shrouded in misinformation, conjecture, and outright paranoia to this day. When the dust settled, however, several things were clear: a senior federal judge's hand was forced, our society was deprived the participation of a brilliant mind in its ongoing war against cancer, lives were destroyed, and many more were left shaken.

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How did such destructive events come to pass?

The former prominent cancer doctor and researcher, Christopher E. Pelloski, MD, whose fall from grace was swift and complete, has written a painful, illuminating, and brutally honest memoir entitled, Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself, which at long last provides answers to this glaring question. It is well-crafted and powerfully written. The book has recently received critical acclaim and recognition by winning a Silver Medal in the 2016 Living Now Book Awards and a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Global E-Book Awards. It has already profoundly moved and forever changed the worldview of the many who have read it.

Pelloski's work represents an exploration of his life and the initiation of his healing process, as he comes to grips with his past and the crime he committed. However, it also pulls back the curtain and shines a spotlight on the vast programmatic, societal, and institutional shortcomings that ultimately affect all of us. Essentially, the memoir fills the informational and educational void that was left by the reporters who covered his story, when they chose theatrics over journalism. Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love, therefore, provides balance to the public record that has thus far been largely a one-sided, sensationalistic, and agenda-serving narrative.

The emotionally and intellectually challenging themes presented in his story are as numerous as they are disparate: the pervasiveness and life-long impact of childhood sexual abuse; the ongoing stigmatization of mental health; the surprising origins of post-traumatic stress disorder; the pressures and expectations of infallibility placed upon the modern-day physician; the ugly side of university politics; the flawed and costly laws that fail to properly address the growing, global problem of illegal online pornography; the federal judiciary's erosion of constitutional, discretionary power in the setting of mandatory sentencing policies; and, the role that the media can play in misleading and frightening the voting citizenry… They are all presented in this intense work.

Yet, Pelloski has deftly woven these complex topics into a riveting and compelling page-turner, with both a suspenseful flare and literary mastery. He just may have written a landmark book for our time.

Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love: The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself is currently available on Amazon:

          Paperback, (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 266 pages, $10.99):

          E-Book, (Amazon Digital Services LLC, 268 pages, $2.99 / FREE through Kindle Unlimited):


CHRISTOPHER E. PELLOSKI earned his medical degree from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 2001. He was accepted into the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program and eventually joined the faculty at the University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, one of the top cancer centers in the world. After his recruitment to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2010, he ran a full clinical practice, supervised his own basic-science research laboratory, and served as his department's Residency Program Director and as the Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology. His career trajectory was meteoric by all measures.

Pelloski is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and subsequently suffered throughout most of his life with undiagnosed and untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with Dissociative Features.

In the summer of 2013, his personal, public, and professional life came to a painful reckoning.

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Media Contact: CEP Books, CEP Books, (614) 615-8081,

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Last updated on: 28/10/2016

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