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Lerner offers account of war on breast cancer, Dec. 6

"Fighting the War on Breast Cancer, 1900-2000: Medicine, Culture and Politics" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in 300 Wallace Hall.

Dr. Barron Lerner, the Angelica Berrie Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, will speak.

Lerner is the author of "The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in 20th Century America," published by Oxford University Press in May 2001. He provides a medical and cultural history of the century-long battle with breast cancer, including: the insistent efforts of physicians to vanquish the "enemy"; the fights waged by feminists and maverick doctors to combat a paternalistic legacy that discouraged decision-making by patients; and the struggles of statisticians and researchers to generate definitive data in the face of the great risks and uncertainties raised by the disease.

His lecture is being sponsored by Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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