The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America
by Barron Lerner (Goodreads Author)
A compelling history of the battles stirred up by breast cancer--the medical war against the disease, the patients' war against paternalism, and the statistical war against uncertainty In this riveting narrative, Barron H. Lerner offers a superb medical and cultural history of our century-long battle with breast cancer. Revisiting the past, Lerner argues, can illuminate an...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2001)
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I found it funny that the Goodreads summary for this book describes it as a "riveting narrative," because Lerner's style is pretty much the opposite of riveting, but it was certainly informative. The idea of these protocols and, in a large sense, symbolic rigmaroles, being culturally and socially bound constructs of breast cancer is fascinating and sheds a lot of light on the discovery process of being informed by these metaphors of militarization. The book is very, very longwinded - sometimes e...more
Barron H. Lerner is a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Lerner received his M.D. in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history in 1996. His book, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America, published by Oxford University Press, received the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the Histo...moreMore about Barron Lerner...