The Secret History of the War on Cancer

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Basic Books, Nov 20, 2007 - Science - 528 pages
The War on Cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease. Left untouched were many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, or the global environment. Proof of how the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed. This has been no accident. The War on Cancer was run by leaders of industries that made cancer-causing products, and sometimes also profited from drugs and technologies for finding and treating the disease. Filled with compelling personalities and never-before-revealed information, The Secret History of the War on Cancer shows how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies-a legacy that persists to this day. This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain. A portion of the profits from this book will go to support research on cancer prevention.

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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


The Secret History
Natural and Other Experiments
A Broad Enough Principle
Phantom Collaborators
Fear Sells
Making Goods out of Bads
Saving Cigarettes
The Good War
Cancer Doctoring
Deconstructing Cancer Statistics
Doctoring Evidence
The Harshest of Schoolmasters
No Safe Place
Chasing Tales
Presumed Innocent 391 Epilogue Mothers Last

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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, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in 1994 and also served as Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Science. She works in Pittsburgh, and lives in Washington, D.C. She is married to Richard D. Morgenstern and has two children and two grandchildren.

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