The Secret History of the War on Cancer / Edition 1

The Secret History of the War on Cancer / Edition 1

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by Devra Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465015662

ISBN-13: 9780465015665

Pub. Date: 10/01/2007

Publisher: Basic Books

The "War on Cancer" started out as a mission to find, treat, and cure the disease-but it avoided fighting its basic causes: tobacco, alcohol, the workplace, and environmental hazards. After nearly four decades and $40 billion, we know this strategy is no accident, as award-winning epidemiologist Devra Davis shows in this superbly researched expose. Leaders of Big

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The "War on Cancer" started out as a mission to find, treat, and cure the disease-but it avoided fighting its basic causes: tobacco, alcohol, the workplace, and environmental hazards. After nearly four decades and $40 billion, we know this strategy is no accident, as award-winning epidemiologist Devra Davis shows in this superbly researched expose. Leaders of Big Tobacco, the construction industry, and chemical companies have underwritten research to treat cancer but have undermined and downplayed efforts to prevent the disease altogether. They have sabotaged major public health efforts to prevent cancer for private gain-at the expense of millions of lives. In her new afterword for the paperback edition, Davis explains that the tobacco industry wrote the playbook for manipulating science and manufacturing doubt-a strategy employed today by the boosters of asbestos and cell phones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465015665
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Secret History 3

2 Natural and Other Experiments 17

3 A Broad Enough Principle 45

4 Phantom Collaborators 73

5 Fear Sells 107

6 Making Goods out of Bads 141

7 Saving Cigarettes 169

8 The Good War 199

9 Cancer Doctoring 223

10 Deconstructing Cancer Statistics 245

11 Doctoring Evidence 267

12 The Harshest of Schoolmasters 297

13 No Safe Place 329

14 Chasing Tales 363

15 Presumed Innocent 391

Epilogue Mother's Last 437

Afterword Bad Dreams 455

Notes 479

Acknowledgments 503

Index 513

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The Secret History of the War on Cancer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book exposes the corporate greed and government protection of corporate greed that has shielded us from knowing the truth about what is causing the current epidemic of cancer. I bet someone in your family has some form of it. Few families are spared. I have it. It was my oncologist at the City of Hope who said that cancer has become an epidemic. The author has written a fascinating, fast moving, honest book that will help everyone understand how urgently we need to go 'organic' and 'green' NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written. Devra Davis has written a book that reads like a novel but is jam-packed with interesting tidbits about the 'war on cancer.' This is not a self-help book -- it is a fascinating report of decades of science, politics, industry and medicine written in a very layman-friendly way. Deception. Intrigue. It is all here. Although lengthy, it is a quick and compelling read. Absolutely outstanding and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago