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Cancer Crusade: The Story Of The National Cancer Act Of 1971

by Richard A. Rettig

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This book is the definitive account of how private citizens, led by Mary Lasker, Sidney Farber, Laurence Rockefeller, Benno Schmidt, and Ann Landers, persuaded Congress to enact the “War on Cancer” legislation; how Senator Edward Kennedy championed the cause in the US Senate; how Rep. Paul Rogers brokered a compromise that kept the National Cancer Institute within the National Institutes of Health; and how President Richard Nixon embraced the legislation even though he had earlier proposed to cut the cancer research budget. In the wave of technological enthusiasm from putting a man on the moon, the account documents the exaggerated claims for cancer research advanced by advocates of the legislation and the sober evaluation by the scientific community of prospects for a cure for cancer. The 1971 National Cancer Act set the stage for major expansion of federal financing of cancer research.

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Richard A. Rettig received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, taught at Cornell University, Ohio State University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, served on the professional staff of the Institute of Medicine, was a Senior Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation for 16 years, and has written extensively on medical research and medical technology.



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