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Titel: Breast Cancer Wars
Autor/en: Barron H. Lerner
Autor/en: Barron H. Lerner
Oxford University Press
Mai 2003 - kartoniert
Military metaphors have long been used in promoting breast cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment. Lerner presents a remarkably readable understanding of distinctly American attitudes toward the disease and the ways in which American culture and society have influenced its treatment. Illustrations.
1. Introduction; 2. Establishing a Tradition; 3. Inventing a Curable Disease; 4. The Scalpel Triumphant; 5. A Heretical Interlude; 6. Reality Check; 7. "I Alone Am in Charge of My Body"; 8. No Shrinking Violet; 9. Seek and Ye Shall Find; 10. "The World Has Passed Us By"; 11. The Past as Prologue; 12. Risky Business; 13. Epilogue; 14. Postscript
Barron H. Lerner, M.D. is Angelica Berrie Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he teaches internal medicine, medical history, and bioethics. He is the author of Contagion and Confinement: Controlling Tuberculosis Along the Skid Road as well as articles in professional journals and publications such as The Washington Post. He liveswith his wife and two children in Westchester County, New York.
"Lerner, who teaches internal medicine, medical history and bioethics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, presents a thoroughly researched and deeply reflective history of breast cancer and the methods that have been employed to treat it."--Scientific American
"A detailed, colorful account of the people and events that shaped breast cancer treatment, mostly in the last half of the century.... The story of the quest to improve treatment is captivating and should interest students of medical history, consumer advocates and health professionals, among others. Most interesting is Lerner's determination to show how social and cultural forces shaped trends in treatment."--Los Angeles Times
"A fascinating, well-told tale with important lessons for scientists, clinicians, politicians, and patients."--The Lancet
"Will be of great interest to medical professionals, advocates of breast-cancer research and awareness, and lay readers. Lerner has written an engaging narrative that is meticulously researched, well organized in its presentation, and immensely readable.... This book will be particularly valuable in the education of medical students."--The New England Journal of Medicine
"Sure to be controversial, this prodigiously researched medical and cultural history examines deeply held views on the treatment of breast cancer.... Provocative and highly engaging, Lerner's book presents an important contribution to medical history; moreover, he offers insights into areas that most books about breast health and disease do not probe."--Publishers Weekly
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