Gender and cancer in Britain, 1860-1910 - The emergence of cancer as a public health concern


Moscucci, O; (2005) Gender and cancer in Britain, 1860-1910 - The emergence of cancer as a public health concern. American journal of public health, 95 (8). pp. 1312-21. ISSN 0090-0036 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2004.046458

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Abstract

: Historical work on cancer has suggested that a range of political, social, and medical concerns stimulated the emergence of cancer as a public health problem in the early 20th century.I argue that anxiety about cervical cancer mortality was instrumental in establishing cancer as a major focus of concern for the British public health service. This development was closely bound to assumptions about the association of gender with cancer, the redefinition of cancer as a surgical problem, the politics of empire, and the climate of public and medical disquiet about gynecological surgery engendered by feminist and antivivisectionist critiques of medical science.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Circumcision
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for History in Public Health
PubMed ID: 16006420
Web of Science ID: 230857800009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/13234

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