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Early Detection: Women, Cancer, and Awareness Campaigns in the Twentieth-Century United States Paperback – May 22, 2006

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Gardner is thoughtful, fair, and convincing. This book is the place to start for an understanding of the origins of the modern women's health advocacy movement.--American Historical Review



Gardner's book adds an important new dimension to our understanding of the history of cancer in the United States. . . . By challenging dominant paradigms, by asking and answering difficult questions, Gardner recovers perspectives and voices that help us better understand the past, the present, and the future of cancer care in the United States. Serious students of women's history and the history of medicine need to read this book.--Journal of American History



A well-written piece of high quality historical scholarship which addresses a multitude of readers.--Women's History Magazine



Weaves a rich tapestry documenting the remarkable efforts of women themselves, acting through twentieth-century social and professional networks, to disseminate scientific knowledge about the diagnosis . . . and treatment options for the major types of reproductive cancer afflicting women. . . . Makes a notable contribution to the history of women and health, health education, as well as the history of cancer and disease.--Journal of the History of Medicine



Sensitive . . . [an] excellent and innovative study.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society



This solid, focused book merits reading.--Social History of Medicine

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Highlighting women's contributions to early twentieth-century cancer campaigns, this book fills an important gap in both medical and women's history.--Emily Abel, University of California at Los Angeles

|Gardner demonstrates that cancer was not a 'secret' hidden in American society until the 1970s, but rather a topic of great concern and activism since the early twentieth century. Although men dominated cancer research, women led the educational campaigns about cancer awareness, and both types of contributions are central to health promotion. Her analysis of cancer awareness programs is an exciting contribution to the history of women and health, the history of health education, and the history of disease.--Susan L. Smith, author of Japanese American Midwives: Culture, Community, and Health Politics, 1880-1950

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807856827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807856826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,360,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lindsertart on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was very repetitive throughout but especially in the first 100 pages. While it is understandable that the early detection mantra is repeated throughout the 20th century the authors narrative seems to basically just reword sentences from earlier in the book in numerous places. There was also a few places where the author makes unsupported claims. Read the introduction and conclusions of the chapters and you will be able to get the main points of breast cancer awareness in the 20th century without reading the same things over and over again.
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