A Law of Her Own: The Reasonable Woman as a Measure of Man

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NYU Press, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 261 pages
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Growing numbers of cancer patients are exploring diet, food supplements, herbs, and nontoxic immunotherapies like bacterial vaccines as a means of therapy. Yet most cancer research organizations refuse to even evaluate these alternatives. Can Bacteria Cause Cancer? argues convincingly that unless this neglected world of alternative therapies is properly scrutinized, the medical Vietnam of the twentieth century may well affect one in two people by the twenty-first century.

David J. Hess investigates one of the great medical mysteries of the twentieth century--the relationship between bacteria and chronic disease. Recently scientists have overturned long-held beliefs by demonstrating that bacterial infections cause many ulcers; they are now reconsidering the role of bacterial infections in other chronic diseases, such as arthritis. Is it possible, Hess asks, that bacteria can contribute to the many other known causes of cancer?

To answer this intriguing question, Hess takes us into the world of alternative cancer researchers. Maintaining that their work has been actively suppressed rather than simply dismissed, he examines their claims---that bacterial vaccines have led to some dramatic cases of long-term cancer remission--and the scientific potential of their theories. Economic interests and cultural values, he demonstrates, have influenced the rush toward radiation and chemotherapy and the current cul-de-sac of toxic treatments.

More than a medical mystery story, Can Bacteria Cause Cancer? is a dramatic case study of the failure of the war on cancer.


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PART IThe Idea and the Reality
1Locked In and Locked Out
2The Meaning of Equality
PART IISexual Harassment in the Workplace
3Men Women and Sex at Work
8The Continuum of Stalking Sexual Harassment and Domestic Homicide
PART IVDomestic Homicide
9Slips in a Dangerous Game
10Provoked Intimate Homicide
11When Battered Women Kill
12Rape and the Use and Misuse of the Reasonable Woman

4How and Why Different Perspectives Matter in Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Cases
5Gender Race Sexual Orientation and the Reasonable Woman
6The Reasonable Woman after Harris v Forklift Systems
PART IIIStalking
7Stalking and the Gendered Meaning of Reasonable Fear
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Caroline Forell is Professor of Law at the University of Oregon.

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