The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer - Part 4: Prevention Is the Cure Summary & Analysis

Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Part 4: Prevention Is the Cure Summary and Analysis

"Part 4: Prevention Is the Cure" begins with a quote from David Cantor: "It should first be noted, however, that the 1960s and 1970s did not witness so much a difficult birth of approaches to prevention that focused on environmental and lifestyle causes of cancer, as a difficult reinvention of an older tradition of interest in these possible causes." Part 4, p. 235

"Coffins of Black"

In 1775, Percival Pott began to notice a shocking increase in the number of patients that suffered from scrotal cancer. The trend was targeted toward chimney sweeps and their apprentices. Originally, doctors dismissed the cancer, assuming that it was simply a sexually transmitted disease. In those days, chimney sweeps were often believed to be sexually promiscuous and prone to sores in the genital region. Pott believed that because the condition was...

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