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Cancer wars : how politics shapes what we know and don't know about cancer

Author: Robert Proctor
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cancer Wars explains why we still don't have straight answers to questions such as these: Why do rates from some cancers appear to have risen and others fallen? What are the relative risks of polluted water, radon in homes, and the natural toxins in peanut butter? Is it dangerous to use a cellular phone or to live near high-voltage wires? Are there "thresholds" of exposure to radiation or chemical toxins? If  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Proctor
ISBN: 0465027563 9780465027569 0465008593 9780465008599
OCLC Number: 31291134
Description: viii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: What do we know? --
A disease of civilization? --
The environmentalist thesis --
The percentages game --
The Reagan effect --
Doubt is our product --
Natural carcinogens and the myth of toxic hazards --
The political morphology of dose-response curves --
Nuclear nemesis --
Radon's deadly daughters --
Genetic hopes. Conclusion: How can we win the war?
Responsibility: Robert N. Proctor.

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Written by a highly regarded historian of science, this meticulouly researched, eminently fair, and very provocative book attempts to answer the question: Why, given all the time and money spent on  Read more...

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