In Cancer, Jobs Was a Mac

Steve Jobs died of a pancreatic cancer that could have been treated with surgery.  Though he stated he had undergone the operation, he waited nine months to do so.  Though I’m not an oncologist, I do know enough about cancer to understand that the sooner you operate, the better your chances are.  And though I’m not an oncologist, I have a feeling that if he had undergone that surgery when he discovered that he had cancer, he may have either lived longer, or beaten cancer altogether.

But he did not.  Why?  ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened. … I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’  Irony abounds in life and death alike.  His response strikes me as being very similar to his philosophy surrounding his opposition to opening up Mac’s operating system to outside systems.  It seems like he conceived of himself as superior without the outside intervention of something foreign to him (maybe his doctor had a PC in his office).  That his operating system was superior to what could have been provided to him by an outside vendor.

The bottom line: What works in the technological sector does not always work in oncology.


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