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May 3, 2000

Politics of CancerThe Politics of Cancer Revisited

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Samuel S. Epstein, 770 pp, with illus, paper, $21.95, ISBN 0-914896-47-4, Fremont Center, NY, East Ridge Press, 1998.

JAMA. 2000;283(17):2304. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2304

For Dr Samuel Epstein cancer prevention is of utmost importance. Epstein, who is professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the school of public health, University of Illinois Medical Center, has written some 250 articles and 10 books on toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic effects of occupational and environmental contaminants.

Epstein's logical proposition, simply put, is that the majority of cancers are caused by environmental exposures. Control this environment, and cancer will be prevented. Money and effort applied to treatment are far less beneficial to society than the same money and effort spent on prevention.

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