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The breast cancer wars : hope, fear, and the pursuit of a cure in twentieth-century America

Author: Barron H Lerner
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A narrative of the century-long struggle to defeat breast cancer, a story that reveals the dramatic changes not just in medicine, but the relation of doctors, patients and society at large.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barron H Lerner
ISBN: 0195142616 9780195142617
OCLC Number: 123102581
Awards: Winner of ALA Notable Books (Nonfiction) 2002
Description: xvi, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Establishing a tradition : William Halsted and the radical mastectomy --
Inventing a curable disease : breast cancer control after World War II --
The scalpel triumphant : radical surgery in the 1950s --
A heretical interlude : biology as fate --
Reality check : breast cancer treatment and randomized controlled trials --
"I alone am in charge of my body" : breast cancer patients in revolt --
No shrinking violet : Rose Kushner and the maturation of breast cancer activism --
Seek and ye shall find : mammography praised and scorned --
"The world has passed us by" : science, activism, and the fall of the radical mastectomy --
The past as prologue : what can the history of breast cancer teach us? --
Risky business : breast cancer and genetics.
Responsibility: Barron H. Lerner.

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This book is a must for all those interested in the history of breast cancer. Oncology

 
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