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Gender and Cancer in England, 1860-1948 (Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History)

Ornella Moscucci

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ISBN 10: 0230554237 / ISBN 13: 9780230554238
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Gender and Cancer in England, 1860-1948 (...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st ed. 2016.

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This volume focuses on gynaecological cancer to explore the ways in which gender has shaped medical and public health responses to cancer in England. Rooted in gendered perceptions of cancer risk, medical and public health efforts to reduce cancer mortality since 1900 have prominently targeted women's cancers. Women have also been key participants in the `war' on cancer through their various roles as medical practitioners, midwives, nurses, health visitors, radiotherapists and cytotechnicians. Moscucci's study traces this complex history from the establishment of `early detection and treatment' policies aimed at cervical cancer, to the controversial development of prophylactic oophorectomy as a strategy for the prevention of ovarian cancer. Women's cancers are highly visible in modern English society as symbols of progress in cancer therapy and prevention. The account offered in this volume reveals a different story, marked by hopes and fears, expectations and disappointments.


"The book is made up of six chapters and moves both chronologically and thematically from the middle of the nineteenth century to the Second World War. ... this book gestures towards the troubled relationship between professional self-fashioning and an incurable disease, and in doing so raises many important and timely questions about the role played by cancer in the development of the ideals and practices of modern biomedicine." (Agnes Arnold-Forster, Social History of Medicine, October, 2017)

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