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The Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know And Don’t Know About Cancer

By Robert N Proctor


Draws on six representative case studies to demonstrate the varied ways in which politics has shaped the basic prevention and treatment of cancer, outlining special interest groups, government agencies, scientists, and others that have manipulated information.

Cancer Wars explains why we still don’t have straight answers to questions such as these: Why do rates from some cancers appear to have risen and others fallen? What are the relative risks of polluted water, radon in homes, and the natural toxins in peanut butter? After an overview of the history of attempts to understand cancer, the book introduces two of the foremost twentieth-century advocates of the environmental view of cancer: the little-known Wilhelm Hueper and his famous disciple, Rachel Carson.

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