The Secret History of the War on Cancer

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PublicAffairs, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 529 pages
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The War on Cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease. Left untouched were many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, or the global environment. Proof of how the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed. This has been no accident. The War on Cancer was run by leaders of industries that made cancer-causing products, and sometimes also profited from drugs and technologies for finding and treating the disease. Filled with compelling personalities and never-before-revealed information, "The Secret History of the War on Cancer" shows how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies-a legacy that persists to this day. This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain. A portion of the profits from this book will go to support research on cancer prevention.
  

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This is a shocking book that everyone should read, explaining why cancer is so prevalent today, and why the American Cancer Society is more concerned with curing cancer than with preventing it in the ... Read full review

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Noted epidemiologist Davis (director, Ctr. for Environmental Oncology, Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Inst.) continues her effort to hold industrial polluters accountable for birth defects and ... Read full review

Contents

The Secret History
3
Natural and Other Experiments
17
A Broad Enough Principle
45
Phantom Collaborators
73
Fear Sells
107
Making Goods out of Bads
141
Saving Cigarettes
169
The Good War
199
The Harshest of Schoolmasters
297
No Safe Place
329
Chasing Tales
363
Presumed Innocent
391
Epilogue Mothers Last
437
Bad Dreams
455
Notes
479
Acknowledgments
503

Cancer Doctoring
223
Deconstructing Cancer Statistics
245
Doctoring Evidence
267

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Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, directs Pittsburgh’s Center for Environmental Oncology and is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007, she was founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies at the National Academy of Science and presidential appointee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. She is the acclaimed author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, Finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

www.DevraDavis.com

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