The Secret History of the War on Cancer|
by Devra Davis (Author)
From the National Book Award finalist, author of When Smoke Ran Like Water, a
searing, haunting and deeply personal account of the War on Cancer.
The War on Cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease. Left untouched
were many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace,
radiation, or the global environment. Proof of how the world in which we live
and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed.
This has been no accident.
The War on Cancer was run by leaders of industries that made cancer-causing
products, and sometimes also profited from drugs and technologies for finding
and treating the disease. Filled with compelling personalities and
never-before-revealed information, The Secret History of the War on Cancer shows
how we began fighting the wrong war, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong
enemies--a legacy that persists to this day.
This is the gripping story of a major public health effort diverted and
distorted for private gain.
A portion of the profits from this book will go to support research on cancer
About the Author
Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Center for Environmental
Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Professor of
Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health. She was appointed by President
Clinton to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in 1994 and
also served as Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Science. She
works in Pittsburgh, and lives in Washington, D.C. She is married to Richard D.
Morgenstern and has two children and two grandchildren.
Hardcover: 505 pages
Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (October 2007)