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Main Title How cancer crossed the color line /
Author Wailoo, Keith.
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 612188381
ISBN 9780195170177 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0195170172 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Subjects Cancer--United States ; Cancer in women--United States ; Minorities--Health and hygiene--United States ; Neoplasms--history--United States ; African Americans--United States ; Health Education--history--United States ; History, 20th Century--United States ; Neoplasms--ethnology--United States ; Neoplasms--prevention & control--United States ; Women's Health--United States
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  RC276.W35 2011 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 12/10/2012
Collation 251 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-235) and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction: Health awareness and the color line -- White plague -- Primitive's progress -- The feminine mystique of self-examination -- How the other half dies -- Between progress and protest -- The new politics of old differences -- Conclusion: The color of cancer. "Examining a century of twists and turns in anti-cancer campaigns, this path-breaking study shows how American cancer awareness, prevention, treatment, and survival have been refracted through the lens of race. As cancer went from being a white woman's nemesis to a "democratic disease" to a fearsome threat in communities of color, experts and the lay public interpreted these trends as lessons about women, men, and the color line. Drawing on film and fiction, on medical and epidemiological evidence, and on patients' accounts, Keith Wailoo tracks cancer's transformation--how theories of risk evolved with changes in women's roles and African-American and new immigrant migration trends, with the growth of federal cancer surveillance, economic depression and world war, and with diagnostic advances, racial protest, and contemporary health activism. A pioneering study of health communication in America, the book skillfully documents how race and gender became central motifs in the birth of cancer awareness, how patterns and perceptions changed, and how the "war on cancer" continues to be waged along the color line."--Provided by publisher.