A History of Lung Cancer: The Recalcitrant Disease / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive history of lung cancer, once considered a rare condition and today the leading cause of cancer deaths world-wide. We are used to associating cancer treatment with scientific progress, but a patient diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 is no more likely to survive the disease for five or more years than a patient undergoing lung cancer surgery in the 1950s. A breakthrough has remained elusive for this condition, now firmly associated with the smoking of cigarettes. Drawing on many unpublished and little-used sources, this book tells the history of lung cancer, of doctors and patients, hopes and fears, expectations and frustrations over the past 200 years, as a rare chest affliction transformed into a major killer. Suggesting that lung cancer is not the only recalcitrant disease, Timmermann asks what happens when medical progress does not seem to make much difference.

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Meet the Author

Carsten Timmermann is a Lecturer at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK. He is the editor (with Elizabeth Toon) of Cancer Patients, Cancer Pathways: Historical and Sociological Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and (with Julie Anderson) of Devices and Designs: Medical Technologies in Historical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The History of a Recalcitrant Disease
2. Lung Cancer and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century: Bodies, Tissues, Cells, and the Making of a Rare Disease
3. Lungs in the Operating Theatre, Circa 1900 to 1950
4. Science, Medicine and Politics: Lung Cancer and Smoking, Circa 1945 to 1965
5. Trials and Tribulations: Lung Cancer Treatment, Circa 1950 to 1970
6. More Enthusiasm, Please: Preventing, Screening, Treating, Classifying, Circa 1960 to 1990
7. The Management of Stigma: Lung Cancer and Charity, Circa 1990 to 2000
8. Still Recalcitrant? Some Conclusions

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