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Dread Disease Cancer and Modern American Culture

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ISBN-10: 0674216261

ISBN-13: 9780674216266

Edition: 1987

Authors: James T. Patterson, George J. Patterson

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Cancer is that "loathsome beast, which seized upon the breast, drove its long claws into the surrounding tissues, derived its sustenance by sucking out the juices of its victims, and never even relaxed its hold in death," a turn-of-the-century physician recorded. Even today cancer affects the popular imagination with dread. In a subtle and penetrating cultural history, James Patterson examines reactions to the disease through a century of American life.The modern American preoccupation with cancer was apparent during the widely publicized illness and death from that ailment of Ulysses S. Grant in 1885. Awareness of the disease soon figured heavily in the public consciousness, and individual…    
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Book details

List price: $46.50
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

James T. Patterson is an American historian, and Ford Foundation Professor of History emeritus at Brown University. He wrote "Grand Expectations: the United States, 1945-1974," which received the 1997 Bancroft Prize in American history. (The Bancroft prize is one of the most prestigious honors a book of history can received and was established at Columbia University in 1948. It's considered to be on par with the Pulitzer Prize because an anonymous jury of peers judges it.) "Grand Expectations" is an interpretation of the explosive growth, high expectations and unusual optimism that Americans experienced after World War II that went into the 1960's. It follows the social, economic and…    

Prologue: The Travail of General Grant
Cancerphobia in the Late Nineteenth Century
The Rise of the Doctors
The Alliance against Cancer
The Wilderness Years
Government Joins the Fight
Hymns to Science and Prayers to God
The Research Explosion
Smoking and Cancer
Popular Fears, Official Dreams
The Alliance under Siege
More Promises, More Fears
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