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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This is a compilation of articles originally published in the International Journal of Health Sciences, volumes 20-35, spanning roughly 1990-2005.
Purpose: The author argues that there have been three decades of misleading promises and assurances from various federal agencies and not-for-profit organizations charged with cancer prevention. He includes many examples in support of his thesis.
Audience: The author considers this book essential reading for all public policy makers and citizens alarmed by the healthcare crisis in America. It will likely also find considerable readership among patients and their advocates, trial attorneys, and students of public health at any level.
Features: Its 18 chapters are grouped into four thematic areas: Cancer Policy and Politics, Hidden Carcinogens in Food, Pro-industry Bias, Corporate Crime and Poorly Recognized Industrial Risks of Cancer. The discussion of the Reach initiative among European Union members is particularly good. It thoroughly explains the modern basis for the "Precautionary Principle.
Assessment: This is a high quality and quite interesting book. It will likely find its way onto quite diverse shelves of policy makers, scientists, and the general public. I read through its major chapters several times because I believe it speaks to a critical issue facing our society, that of cancer causation.