The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century AmericaBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.115 (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:115
- Janice Hopkins Tanne, medical journalist
- New York
Barron H Lerner
Oxford University Press, £19.99, pp 383
ISBN 0 19 514261 6
If you wonder why American women pin pink ribbons to their jackets and go in their thousands in “runs for the cure,” this book will give you the history.
In a readable style with realms of research, Barron Lerner, an associate professor, medical historian, and practising physician in New York, outlines the history of the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in the 20th century.
Lerner describes the first battles: over surgical treatment for breast …