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The Dread Disease

Cancer and Modern American Culture

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$51.00 • £44.95 • €46.95

ISBN 9780674216266

Publication Date: 01/01/1989

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374 pages

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[Cancer] has a special place in our medical history and social imagination. Patterson’s impressive achievement is to unearth that history, to bring out its cultural roots and manifestations, and to show why cancer was, and still remains, ‘the dread disease.’ It is a story worth knowing…and one well and richly told here.—Daniel Callahan, The Philadelphia Inquirer

This is an illuminating study of medical politics and ideology, promises and fears, developing some of the speculations of Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, and highly suggestive for the AIDS generation… [Patterson] puts his finger upon one key feature of cancerphobia…the American urge to play out even the most secret of fears under the full glare of publicity.—Roy Porter, The Times Literary Supplement

Masterful, comprehensive, highly readable… The Dread Disease is all in one a historical, sociological, psychological and political analysis… An in-depth, fascinating account of a full spectrum of views on cancer reflected not only in the scientific literature, but also in novels, newspapers, films and the experiences of cancer victims… Fascinating reading.—Elizabeth Whelan, The Washington Times

Some of the most perceptive writing yet produced on America’s response to cancer… [A] fine, important book.—Daniel S. Greenberg, Nature

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