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The Secret History of the War on Cancer

The Secret History of the War on Cancer

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by Devra Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465015689

ISBN-13: 9780465015689

Pub. Date: 02/23/2009

Publisher: Basic Books

Why has the “War on Cancer” languished, focusing mainly on finding and treating the disease and downplaying the need to control and combat cancer’s basic causes—tobacco, the workplace, radiation, and the general environment? This war has targeted the wrong enemies with the wrong weapons, failing to address well-known cancer causes.

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Overview

Why has the “War on Cancer” languished, focusing mainly on finding and treating the disease and downplaying the need to control and combat cancer’s basic causes—tobacco, the workplace, radiation, and the general environment? This war has targeted the wrong enemies with the wrong weapons, failing to address well-known cancer causes.

As epidemiologist Devra Davis shows in this superbly researched exposé, this is no accident. The War on Cancer has followed the commercial interests of industries that generated a host of cancer-causing materials and products. This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain that is being reclaimed through efforts to green health care and the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465015689
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/23/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
617,736
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(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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