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Conferences and Symposia in the History of Medicine

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine
is pleased to announce the publication of

Cancer in the Twentieth Century

A special issue of
The Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Volume 81, Number 1, Spring 2007

Guest editor: David Cantor

The Special issue – the Bulletin's first – is based on a selection of papers presented at the Cancer in the Twentieth Century workshop held at the National Institutes of Health, 15-17 November 2004. The meeting was sponsored by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine; the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester; and the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

The special issue is available online through its publisher, The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Table of contents

Introduction: Cancer Control and Prevention in the Twentieth Century
David Cantor, National Cancer Institute

Part I: Between Education and Marketing

Uncertain Enthusiasm: The American Cancer Society, Public Education, and the Problems of the Movie, 1921–1960
David Cantor, National Cancer Institute.

"For Jimmy and the Boys and Girls of America": Publicizing Childhood Cancers in Twentieth-Century America
Gretchen Krueger, Independent Scholar

Dark Victory: Cancer and Popular Hollywood Film
Susan E. Lederer, Yale University

"Cancer as the General Population Knows It": Knowledge, Fear, and Lay Education in 1950s Britain
Elizabeth Toon, University of Manchester

Part II: Therapeutics

The "Ineffable Freemasonry of Sex": Feminist Surgeons and the Establishment of Radiotherapy in Early Twentieth-Century Britain
Ornella Moscucci, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Contested Cumulations: Configurations of Cancer Treatments through the Twentieth Century
John V. Pickstone, University of Manchester

Cancer Clinical Trials: The Emergence and Development of a New Style of Practice
Peter Keating, University of Quebec at Montreal and Alberto Cambrosio, McGill University

Ill Patient, Public Activist: Rose Kushner's Attack on Breast-Cancer Chemotherapy
Barron H. Lerner, Columbia University

Part III: Prevention and Risk

Breast Cancer and the "Materiality of Risk": The Rise of Morphological Prediction
Ilana Löwy, CERMES/INSERM, Paris

From Cancer Families to HNPCC: Henry Lynch and the Transformations of Hereditary Cancer, 1975–1999
Raul Necochea, McGill University

Medicine and the Public: The 1962 Report of the Royal College of Physicians and the New Public Health
Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

As Depressing as It Was Predictable? Lung Cancer, Clinical Trials, and the Medical Research Council in Postwar Britain
Carsten Timmermann, University of Manchester