Mon 11.26.12| Radiation, Cancer, and the Cold War

Ellen Leopold, Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War Rutgers University Press, 2009




In the mid-20th century, the US government and private companies joined together to develop medical applications from the byproducts of the nuclear industry. Ellen Leopold talks about the rise of radiotherapy, experiments on unwitting patients in US hospitals, and the pioneering lawsuit of a Kansas housewife called Irma Natanson, as well as the legacy of the Cold War on cancer detection and treatment today.

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