- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (February 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465015689
- ISBN-13: 978-0465015689
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret History of the War on Cancer reflects the complex interaction of science, politics and society in the 20th century. I am left wondering how it will change in the 21st.”
Toronto Globe & Mail
Easily the most important science book of the year.... Each and every chapter in this book offers an uncomfortable revelation.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Davis is excellent at following the money and fearless about naming names.... With this work, Devra Davis has permanently reframed the war.' It should be required reading for those with cancer histories in their families. In other words, just about all of us.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer / Best 20 Books of 2007
This searing book from a University of Pittsburgh epidemiologist lays out 35 years of medical greed and cowardice that left millions of Americans vulnerable to environmental and occupational cancer deaths. Countless political books attempt to influence the electorate, but this one stands out from the pack, demonstrating why money changes everything.”
Davis put it together in a way that illuminates the underbelly of medical research."
"In her devastating, 20-years-in-the-making expose...Devra Davis... shows how cancer researchers, bankrolled by petrochemical and pharmaceutical companies, among others, collude in 'the science of doubt promotion.'...Davis diagnoses two of the most lethal diseases of modern society: secrecy and self-interest. This book is a dramatic plea for a cure."
Davis's new book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, is a wake-up call for all those who have accepted the poisons of our age of plenty without a blink.”
A feisty and highly accessible writer, Davis lays her cards on the table...a rattling good read and raises vital issues that remain relevant today.”
Booklist starred review
&ldquoSeveral big ACS [American Cancer Society] contributors, are heavily invested in keeping the public from becoming fully informed of the risks of myriad chemicals to which we and our children are exposed.... Money, it seems, trumps all. Treatment and cures are hefty profit generators, and it's expensive to change or eliminate the use of potentially toxic chemicals.... Kudos to Davis for stepping up to the plate.”
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I knew something was off when I fond out how the Susan G Komen organization had morphed over the years, and how the ratios of funds devoted to the original cause vs funds devoted to fundraising vs funds devoted to the organizers changed. This book tells you the inside story of how the whole 'war on cancer' morphed in the same way, whether the federal part or the private part. The author tells you how, and you'll have to work out why.
A full cast of heroes, saints and villains, with many names, over many years. Compelling reading and a needed education for naive, optimistic people like me.
Why isn't prevention the focus of the war on cancer? The short version is because industry and government are working together to make sure the money keeps rolling in at the expense of everyone else. Davis cites examples of doctors and others who smoked and were in denial for decades about the fact that cigarette smoking causes cancer. Why? Because they either worked in the industry (and made money) or they simply didn't want to believe it. Just because you don't want to believe something doesn't negate overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
This book shows how industry and government buried information or failed to act to prevent thousands of cancer deaths. What is even more frightening is that this is still occurring. Very few chemicals are tested by EPA before being approved for the market. Phthalates and BPA are in numerous products that we all use every day. Not only are these chemicals possible carcinogens, but as is becoming increasingly observed in both animal studies and also in humans, they disrupt hormone signaling. This is particularly disturbing in developing male fetuses in which they can have feminizing effects that can result in male deformities and eventual reproductive difficulties. The government wants iron-clad proof before banning these chemicals, but I believe that in the face of current data, reasonable doubt should be the criterion used. As Davis' book makes clear, government will not act unless it is financially advantageous to do so. As products containing banned (in the EU) chemicals continue to be sold in the US, we and our children are becoming the guinea pigs in one of the largest chemical experiments ever conducted. The more the government censors scientists, alters reports and refuses to believe ever-increasing scientific data on the dangers of chemicals we slather on our skin every day (among other things) the less safe we will be and we can expect the cancer rate to continue to increase.
This system has resulted in the deaths of millions of Americans, the disability and scarring of millions more, our own family members, and it continues on in impunity. That the top officials of the tobacco industry are not either behind bars or hiding out in remote areas of South America is testament to the corruption and power of a morally depraved segment of our country's elites. This must have been a very challenging effort, to gather and sift through so much evidence of moral bankruptcy. We all owe Devra Davis our thanks for this very important service to our nation.