9780465015689

The Secret History of the War on Cancer

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465015689

  • ISBN10:

    0465015689

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-23
  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS

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Summary

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 causestobacco, 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.

Author Biography

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.

www.DevraDavis.com

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Secret Historyp. 3
Natural and Other Experimentsp. 17
A Broad Enough Principlep. 45
Phantom Collaboratorsp. 73
Fear Sellsp. 107
Making Goods out of Badsp. 141
Saving Cigarettesp. 169
The Good Warp. 199
Cancer Doctoringp. 223
Deconstructing Cancer Statisticsp. 245
Doctoring Evidencep. 267
The Harshest of Schoolmastersp. 297
No Safe Placep. 329
Chasing Talesp. 363
Presumed Innocentp. 391
Epilogue Mother's Lastp. 437
Afterword Bad Dreamsp. 455
Notesp. 479
Acknowledgmentsp. 503
Indexp. 513
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