Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Cancer in the Twentieth Century

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Cancer in the Twentieth Century

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Cancer in the Twentieth Century Edited by David Cantor. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2008. Paperback 368pp. ISBN 978 0 8018 8867 0. Price ?16.99.

This book is a series of reprints of papers originally published as a special edition of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine in spring 2007. However, its life really began before then, back in 2004 as a workshop entitled 'Cancer in the Twentieth Century' held at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, where the editor, David Cantor, is the Deputy Director and Senior Research Historian. The authors of the 12 individual chapters come from diverse backgrounds including medical historians, social scientists and public health. They are also internationally diverse. This diversity demonstrates itself in the presentation of the material, which compares and contrasts the development of the prevention and treatment of cancer through parts of the 20th century in differing international and social contexts.

The topics presented include the development of cancer prevention and treatment and the arguments that raged about the relative importance of each. …

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