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The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date May 1, 2003
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195161069
ISBN-10 0195161068
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this riveting narrative, Barron H. Lerner offers a superb medical and cultural history of our century-long battle with breast cancer. Revisiting the past, Lerner argues, can illuminate and clarify the dilemmas confronted by women with--and at risk for--the disease. Writing with insight and compassion, Lerner tells a compelling story of influential surgeons, anxious patients and committed activists. There are colorful portraits of the leading figures, ranging from the acerbic Dr. William Halsted, who pioneered the disfiguring radical mastectomy at the turn of the century to Rose Kushner, a brash journalist who relentlessly educated American women about breast cancer.
Lerner offers a fascinating account of the breast cancer wars: the insistent efforts of physicians to vanquish the "enemy"; the fights waged by feminists to combat a paternalistic legacy that silenced patients; and the struggles of statisticians and researchers to generate definitive data in the face of the great risks and uncertainties raised by the disease. And for this new paperback edition, Lerner has included a postscript in which he discusses the most recent breast cancer controversy: do mammograms truly lower mortality rates or do they lead to unnecessary mastectomies?
In Lerner's hands, the fight against breast cancer opens a window on American medical practice over the last century: the pursuit of dramatic cures with sophisticated technologies, the ethical and legal challenges raised by informed consent, and the limited ability of scientific knowledge to provide quick solutions for serious illnesses. The Breast Cancer Wars tells a story that is of vital importance to modern breast cancer patients, their families and the clinicians who strive to treat and prevent this dreaded disease.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780195142617
 
from Oxford Univ Pr (May 31, 2001)
9780195142617 | details & prices | 383 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Chronicles the various campaigns waged against breast cancer and its effects on women during the last century.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780195161069
 
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from Oxford Univ Pr (May 1, 2003); titled "The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America"
9780195161069 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $24.95
About: In this riveting narrative, Barron H.

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