Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Q&A | August 26, 2015

    Christopher Moore: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Christopher Moore

    Note: Join us this Thursday, August 27, at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing for an author event with Christopher Moore. Describe your latest... Continue »
    1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Secondhand Souls

      Christopher Moore 9780061779787

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
25 Remote Warehouse Health and Medicine- Medical Specialties

More copies of this ISBN

The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America


The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this riveting narrative, Barron H. Lerner offers a superb medical and cultural history of our century-long battle with breast cancer. Revisiting the past, Lerner argues, can illuminate and clarify the dilemmas confronted by women with--and at risk for--the disease. Writing with insight and compassion, Lerner tells a compelling story of influential surgeons, anxious patients and committed activists. There are colorful portraits of the leading figures, ranging from the acerbic Dr. William Halsted, who pioneered the disfiguring radical mastectomy at the turn of the century to Rose Kushner, a brash journalist who relentlessly educated American women about breast cancer.

Lerner offers a fascinating account of the breast cancer wars: the insistent efforts of physicians to vanquish the "enemy"; the fights waged by feminists to combat a paternalistic legacy that silenced patients; and the struggles of statisticians and researchers to generate definitive data in the face of the great risks and uncertainties raised by the disease. And for this new paperback edition, Lerner has included a postscript in which he discusses the most recent breast cancer controversy: do mammograms truly lower mortality rates or do they lead to unnecessary mastectomies?

In Lerner's hands, the fight against breast cancer opens a window on American medical practice over the last century: the pursuit of dramatic cures with sophisticated technologies, the ethical and legal challenges raised by informed consent, and the limited ability of scientific knowledge to provide quick solutions for serious illnesses. The Breast Cancer Wars tells a story that is of vital importance to modern breast cancer patients, their families and the clinicians who strive to treat and prevent this dreaded disease.

Book News Annotation:

Aimed at breast cancer patients, their families, and clinicians, this text presents a history of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in twentieth century America. Much of the book focuses on the combination of early detection and radical surgery. The volume concludes with a discussion of the recent controversy over the efficacy of mammograms for lowering mortality rates. A practicing physician, Lerner teaches at Columbia University. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

TOSHIRO KAWASE was born in 1948 in Kyoto. He has an undergraduate degree from Nippon University in Tokyo and did postgraduate work in theatrical production in Paris. He currently teaches the art of flower arrangement at several education centers, and his numerous creations frequently appear in

magazines. Among his books in Japanese are Fushikaden, Hana to Utsuwa, Hana wa No ni Aruyoni, Hana Kaiki, and Kawase Toshihiro Watashi no Hana.

Product Details

Lerner, Barron H.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Barron H.
Diseases - Breast Cancer
Gynecology & Obstetrics
History, Other | History of Medicine
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Number:
Series Volume:
Together with Those
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
22 b/w halftones
5.3 x 8 x 0.8 in 1.05 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Breast Cancer Survival Manual: A... Used Trade Paper $2.95
  2. Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (Chemo... Used Hardcover $2.50
  3. When Life Becomes Precious: The... Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness... Used Trade Paper $10.95
  5. Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping... Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Breast Care
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Cancer
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General

The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$22.95 In Stock
Product details 416 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195161069 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.