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  • Summary: Ralph W. Moss PhD, a young and eager science writer, was hired by Sloan-Kettering’s public relations department in 1974 to help brief the American public on the center’s contribution to the War On Cancer. One of his first assignments was to write a biography about Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura, oneRalph W. Moss PhD, a young and eager science writer, was hired by Sloan-Kettering’s public relations department in 1974 to help brief the American public on the center’s contribution to the War On Cancer. One of his first assignments was to write a biography about Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura, one of the Center’s oldest and leading research scientists as well as the original co-inventor of chemotherapy. While meeting with this iconic scientist to pen a biography on his 60-year career at Sloan-Kettering, Moss discovered that Sugiura had been studying this “quack remedy” in laboratory mice, and with unexpectedly positive results. Shocked and bewildered, Moss reported back to his superiors what he had discovered, only to be met with backlash and denial from Sloan-Kettering’s leaders on what their own leading scientist had found. Fueled by respect and admiration for Sugiura—Ralph W. Moss attempted to publicize the truth about Sugiura’s findings. And after all diplomatic approaches failed, Moss lived a double life, working as a loyal employee at Sloan-Kettering while also recruiting fellow employees to help anonymously leak this information to the American public—through a newly formed underground organization they called Second Opinion. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Aug 28, 2014
    60
    Having a mild-mannered writer tell this story by sitting in a chair in front of some pretty art in a house museum and just talking seems lackadaisical, but Mr. Moss’s message is clear, shrewdly edited and peculiarly interesting.
  2. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    Aug 28, 2014
    60
    It's riveting stuff, but Merola might have strengthened his argument with a little journalistic balance.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Aug 27, 2014
    40
    Like many docs with activist undertones, Second Opinion tells a potentially interesting story in a bland way.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 4, 2014
    40
    This one's for the conspiracy-minded only.
  5. Reviewed by: Charles Bramesco
    Aug 27, 2014
    40
    Second Opinion doesn’t play like a revelatory exposé, so much as a conspiracy-minded chain email sent from a distant relative.