The Secret History of the War on Cancer

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Basic Books, Nov 20, 2007 - Science - 528 pages
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 expose, 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.
 

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This is a shocking book that everyone should read, explaining why cancer is so prevalent today, and why the American Cancer Society is more concerned with curing cancer than with preventing it in the ... Read full review

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Noted epidemiologist Davis (director, Ctr. for Environmental Oncology, Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Inst.) continues her effort to hold industrial polluters accountable for birth defects and ... Read full review

Contents

The Secret History
3
Natural and Other Experiments
17
A Broad Enough Principle
45
Phantom Collaborators
73
Fear Sells
107
Making Goods out of Bads
141
Saving Cigarettes
169
The Good War
199
Cancer Doctoring
223
Deconstructing Cancer Statistics
245
Doctoring Evidence
267
The Harshest of Schoolmasters
297
No Safe Place
329
Chasing Tales
363
Presumed Innocent 391 Epilogue Mothers Last
437
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Page v - Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And vanity comes along and asks the question. "Is it popular?" But conscience asks the question, "Is it right?

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Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, directs Pittsburgh's Center for Environmental Oncology and is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007, she was founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies at the National Academy of Science and presidential appointee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. She is the acclaimed author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, Finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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