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The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American Culture

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By Patterson James T.. . 311 pages. Harvard University Press; , Cambridge, Massachusetts: , 1989.. $14.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(2):175. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-2-175_2
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Physicians who have grown up since the second world war might assume that the public's view of cancer and possibilities for dealing with it began with the efforts of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society. In fact, shifts in public attitudes toward cancer began late in the nine-teenth century and were steadily molded by the popular press, awareness of cancer in celebrities, and government efforts an-tedating those of the NCI and other lay organizations. Patterson's account covers this whole period in a highly readable book equally illuminating for physicians and the public. His detailed documentation of



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