Library Journal, October 15, 1998
Epstein's The Politics of Cancer (LJ
1/1/79) exposed the cancer establishment's unsuccessful bid
against Nixon's "War
on Cancer," instituted in 1971. This landmark text revealed how
governmental and non-governmental policies failed to address
and fund cancer prevention initiatives and the dissemination
of information on known industrial and environmental carcinogens.
Now Epstein (The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, Macmillan,
1997), a professor of medicine at the University of Illinois
and an international expert on the causes of cancer, combines
the out-of-print original with an update on cancer politics.
He denounces the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer
Institute for prioritizing treatment over prevention and shows
how this practice has adversely influenced cancer policy abroad.
This is a lengthy but scathing look at how cancer research is
funded and conducted. Vital information on carcinogens is provided,
along with plans for personal and political action. Recommended
for consumer health collections.
Gail Hendler, New York Acad. of Medicine, New York