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The Secret History of the War on Cancer

Author: Devra Davis
ISBN #: 978-0-465-01568-9
Publisher: Perseus Books Group


“The “War on Cancer” started out as a mission to find, treat, and cure the disease – but it avoided fighting its basic causes:  tobacco, alcohol, the workplace, and environmental hazards.  After nearly four decades and $40 billion, we know this strategy is no accident, as award-winning epidemiologist Devra Davis shows in this superbly researched expose.  Leaders of Big Tobacco, the construction industry, and chemical companies have underwritten research to treat cancer but have undermined and downplayed efforts to prevent the disease altogether.  They have sabotaged major public health efforts to prevent cancer for private gain – at the expense of millions of lives.  In her new afterword for the paperback edition, Davis explains that the tobacco industry wrote the playbook for manipulating science and manufacturing doubt – a strategy employed today by the boosters of asbestos and cell phones.”