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HEALTH ADVOCACY INC.: How Pharmaceutical Funding Changed the Breast Cancer Movement

Magazine article Herizons

HEALTH ADVOCACY INC.: How Pharmaceutical Funding Changed the Breast Cancer Movement

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HEALTH ADVOCACY INC.

How Pharmaceutical Funding Changed the Breast Cancer Movement

SHARON BATT

UBO Press

REVIEW BY DEBORAH OSTROVSKY Do not let the academic aura of Health Advocacy Inc., Sharon Batt's second book on the politics of breast cancer (the first was the 1992 book Patient No More), fool you into thinking that it isn't written for everyone: breast cancer patients, journalists, policy-makers, physicians and activists.

Batt, an award-winning scholar, a co-founder of Breast Cancer Action Quebec and a former editor of one of Canada's earliest feminist magazines, Branching Out, has lived through virtually every health policy decision described in these pages. She offers an intricate analysis of Canada's flourishing feminist breast cancer movement, which was a burgeoning political force prior to being tossed to the sidelines as neo-liberal policies swept across Western governments. Here is the complex story of activists and patient groups who were once called to the table by our government to share their expertise, then were abruptly cut loose from funding earmarked for advocacy as health policy shifted. …

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