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The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American Culture Hardcover – September 23, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0674216259 ISBN-10: 0674216253
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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (September 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674216253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674216259
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carl169 on April 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This extraordinary book traces the history of cancer as a disease and cultural phenomenon through the mid-1980s. Perhaps its most horrifying message is how little has changed since then, that is, how cancer prevention rarely prevention and cancer therapy rarely cures but only prolongs the euphemistic "progression-free disease." Worth reading for any one interested in the history of medicine, the totemic nature of our continuing belief in mythic cures, and our slow and far-from-steady progress in health management.
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