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Making Cancer History


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A comprehensive history of a cancer center, cancer therapies, and cancer trends throughout the second half of the twentieth century. A very compelling, thoughtful, and insightful historical examination of cancer treatment in the United States. -- Kirsten Gardner, University of Texas at San Antonio

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. R. Lee Clark, History, and the Dread Disease2. Present at the Creation3. Designing a Dream, 1946-19504. The Pink Palace, 1950-19555. Changing Paradigms, 1956-19636. M. D. Anderson and the Rise of Medical Oncology, 1964-19697. The Summit, 1970-19718. Waging War and Fading Away, 1971-19779. Charles A. LeMaistre and the Consolidation of Excellence, 1978-198310. Chasing the Devil, 1984-198811. Victory, Defeat, and an Elusive Enemy, 1988-199612. John Mendelsohn and the New Frontiers in Oncology, 1996-200013. New Offensives, 2001-200714. Tipping History?EpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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James S. Olson is the Texas State University System Regents Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. He has written and edited dozens of books, including Bathsheba's Breast: Women, Cancer, and History, also published by Johns Hopkins.


Olson illuminates the struggle to understand and treat cancer in the United States. As a cancer survivor treated at the center, Olson imbues M.D. Anderson's history with humor, passion and humanity. Oncology Nursing Forum A meticulously researched and well-written book... Making Cancer History is a good read and well worth a look. -- Helen Valier Social History of Medicine

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