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The Breast Cancer Wars By Barron H. Lerner

The Breast Cancer Wars
by Barron H. Lerner

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A narrative of the century-long struggle to defeat breast cancer, a story that reveals the dramatic changes not just in medicine, but the relation of doctors, patients and society at large.
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The Breast Cancer Wars: Fear, Hope and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth Century America by Barron H. Lerner

Focusing on the stories of key physicians and patients, this book tells the story of breast cancer in 20th century America. It begins with Dr William Halsted's development of the radical mastectomy, hailed as the great advance in the era of heroic surgical interventions; continues with the birth of the American Cancer Society and its 'war' on cancer in the midcentury; and reveals how newly energized and impassioned women, together with maverick doctors and researchers, began to question and finally to fight against the assumption that radical surgery should be the therapy of choice. With compelling portraits of doctors such as Halsted and Oliver Cope, the Boston surgeon who shocked the establishment by 'going public' with his doubts about mastectomy; and women such as Rose Kushner, who crusaded tirelessly to empower breast cancer patients, Barron Lerner shows how the breast cancer wars embody some of the most crucial issues in the history of modern medicine.

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This book is a must for all those interested in the history of breast cancer. Oncology

About Barron H. Lerner

Barron H. Lerner, M.D. is Angelica Berrie Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he teaches internal medicine, medical history, and bioethics. He is the author of Contagion and Confinement: Controlling Tuberculosis Along the Skid Road as well as articles in professional journals and publications such as The Washington Post. He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester County, New York.

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The Breast Cancer Wars: Fear, Hope and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth Century America by Barron H. Lerner
Barron H. Lerner
Used - Very Good
Oxford University Press Inc
Winner of ALA Notable Books (Nonfiction) 2002
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