Cancer Patients, Cancer Pathways: Historical and Sociological Perspectives

Cancer Patients, Cancer Pathways: Historical and Sociological Perspectives

by Carsten Timmermann
     
 

Eleven essays by historians and sociologists examine cancer research and treatment as everyday practice in post-war Europe and North America. These are not stories of inevitable medical progress and obstacles overcome, but of historical contingencies, cultural differences, hope, and often disappointed expectations.  See more details below

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Eleven essays by historians and sociologists examine cancer research and treatment as everyday practice in post-war Europe and North America. These are not stories of inevitable medical progress and obstacles overcome, but of historical contingencies, cultural differences, hope, and often disappointed expectations.

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(Regarding this and Timmermann's latest book, A History of Lung Cancer: The Recalcitrant Disease, 2014) "These books, with their origins in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, present an excellent insight into what it has been to have cancer. Collectively, they present three theses of great value to historians of medicine. The first of these is that no single way of writing the history of cancer can ever be adequate. Cancer is transformative in ways that are anything but simple, meaning that a profusion of different narratives and techniques are required to approach anything like understanding. Second, the field of cancer medicine challenges the historian of medicine because it has often been without progress, a recurring if not universal trope among historians. The third thesis is this: not all cancers are equal. In its broadest sense, this observation is trivial. Yet these books excel at fleshing out this bit of general knowledge by illustrating substantive differences between different cancers in different contexts over the twentieth century." - Brendan Clarke, University College London, UK

"In placing the choices, subjective experiences and individual voices of people with cancer in the foreground, this collection offers a more nuanced reading of the contingencies and politics of care pathways, the ethical tensions between collective and individual, and the blurred distinctions between experimental and therapeutic. ... This volume is, at long last, a contribution to the historiography that manages to liberate individuals from the generic category of 'the patient' and relieve them of service to histories created by others. After all, this is a history that we all stand a good chance of contributing to." - Catriona Gilmour Hamilton, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137272072
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Series:
Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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JOANNA BAINES completed her doctorate on the individualisation of cancer at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK
ROLAND BAL Professor in and Chair of the Department of Healthcare Governance of the institute of Health Policy and Management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
MARC BERG Partner at the healthcare consultancy agency Plexus Medical Group and affiliated with the Institute of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands
ALBERTO CAMBROSIO Professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, Canada
EMM BARNES JOHNSTONE writer on the history of childhood cancer and patient support services, including 'Cancer Coverage: The Public Face of Childhood Leukaemia in 1960s Britain', Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
PETER KEATING Professor of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he is a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie, Canada
GERALD KUTCHER Professor in the Department of History at Binghamton University in New York and an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, UK
ILANA LÖWY Historian of Medicine and a Senior Researcher at INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la récherche médicale), France
JOHN V. PICKSTONE Emeritus Professor of the History of Knowledges at the University of Manchester, UK
HELEN VALIER Instructional Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Medicine and Society Program at the Honors College, University of Houston, USA
TEUN ZUIDERENT-JERAK Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Healthcare Governance of the institute of Health Policy and Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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