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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: New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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Chronicles the various campaigns waged against breast cancer and its effects on women during the last century.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lerner, Barron H.
Breast cancer wars.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)622984882
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barron H Lerner
ISBN: 0195142616 9780195142617 0195161068 9780195161069
OCLC Number: 44812278
Awards: Winner of Named a 2001 Top Ten Book on Health and Medicine by Booklist.
Winner of ALA Notable Books (Nonfiction) 2002
Description: xvi, 383 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 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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In this narrative, Barron H. Lerner offers a medical and cultural history of our century-long battle with breast cancer. Revisiting the past, Lerner argues, can illuminate and clarify the dilemmas  Read more...

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