The Secret History of the War on Cancer

The Secret History of the War on Cancer

Book - 2007
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The War on Cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease. Left untouched were many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, or the global environment. Proof of how the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed. This has been no accident. The War on Cancer was run by leaders of industries that made cancer-causing products, and sometimes also profited from drugs and technologies for finding and treating the disease. Filled with compelling personalities and never-before-revealed information, The Secret History of the War on Cancer shows how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies-a legacy that persists to this day. This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and distorted for private gain. A portion of the profits from this book will go to support research on cancer prevention.
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks ; London : Perseus Running [distributor], 2007
ISBN: 9780465015665
Branch Call Number: 616.994 Davis
Characteristics: xviii, 505 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 16, 2012

Wow! Never have I read a book so full of pandering inuendo. It seems like every chapter the author is showing off how she was oppressed in her research in Cancer. I found the book to have too many conspiracy theories. I work in Oncology and will readily admit that there are ways to improve the way we work towards bettering people'slives who are affected by cancer, the author tends to focus in on very narrow case examples then nod and wink as she expands that to be the reasons why we are all going to get sick.

I feel that she is pandering to the same people that will always attack "Big Pharma" and how they are only making money. She forgets that there are a lot of nurses, pharmacists, doctors and others very much engaged in caring for individuals and that a number of drugs which do help people have been developed by "Big Pharma". Additionally she does not mention how many times funding is diverted away from other projects towards very expensive drugs which only offer marginal benefits.

In many ways I do agree with the author that there are better ways to treat people with cancer, but I think her approach is poor, I can get most of the same information from people wearing tin-foil hats.

Oct 05, 2008

corps did not help here


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