Cold War

Wed 2.26.14 | Mammograms, Risk Calculations, and Medical Radiation

Robert A. Aronowitz, Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society Cambridge U. Press, 2007

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

 

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Do mammograms save lives? Not according to an extensive study of 90,000 women over a quarter century. In this encore presentation, historian of science Robert Aronowitz discusses the history of mammograms and the problematic notion of risk. And Ellen Leopold explores the Cold War medical use of the byproducts of the nuclear industry, as well as our exposure to radiation today.

Mon 11.26.12| Radiation, Cancer, and the Cold War

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

 

 

 

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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.

Tues 2.02.10| Radiation, Cancer, and Militarism

Ellen Leopold, Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War Rutgers U. 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.

Wed 6.24.09| Peter Gowan (1946-2009)

Peter Gowan, a major intellectual force on the Left, died on June 12. Several months ago on ATG, Gowan talked about the postwar internationalist capitalist order fashioned by the US. That order, Gowan argued, has been in crisis for many years. What happened to US primacy, and why? In what ways has the US tried to restore its hegemony, and what obstacles has it encountered? Gowan talked about the evolving relationships among advanced capitalist nations.

Wed 3.11.09| American Grand Strategy

According to Peter Gowan, the US fashioned a postwar international capitalist order that exhibited extraordinary stability for many decades. That order has been in crisis for many years. What happened to US primacy, and why? In what ways has the US tried to restore its hegemony, and what obstacles has it encountered? Gowan talks about the evolving relationships among advanced capitalist nations.
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