The Secret History of the War on Cancer
Basic Books, 20 nov 2007 - 528 páginas
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 causes -- tobacco, 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.
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Judged by this standard, the then two-decade-long war on cancer wasn't going well.3 Our work, released at conferences of Danish, Dutch, Swedish, German, British and American cancer researchers, made headlines.
... an Army captain who was a member of the Office of Strategic Services, traveled throughout Germany gathering information on chemical and hormonal hazards for the U.S.Army Field Investigations Unit and the British Secret Service.
He was able to do this because at the time, the British had been keeping records of deaths and illness for more than three hundred years. Cramer noted that much of the recorded increase in cancer was nothing other than better record ...
British Social Darwinist John Haycraft echoed these ideas, suggesting that tuberculosis and leprosy be deemed “racial friends” because they chiefly attacked those who weren't meant to survive. In 1904 Plotz and Haycraft joined forces to ...
But the British were not slackers in this respect and found other ways to promote eugenics.19The founder of biostatistics, Karl Pearson, nowadays known for a number of statistical tests that bear his name, took a Galtonian view of war ...
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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 ... Leer reseña completa
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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 ... Leer reseña completa
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