Leading experts in the cancer field, from doctors to policymakers to academics and more--reflect on the 50 years since Nixon declared the War on Cancer. In 1971, Richard Nixon signed into law a revelatory new program dedicated to cancer research and prevention. This legislation was an amendment to the Public Health Service Act of 1944 and represented the U.S. commitment to what President Nixon described as the "war on cancer," which had become the nation's second leading cause of death by 1970. Fifty years later, the leading experts have come together to reflect on how far this legislation has gone, its successes, failures and the road still ahead. Edited by Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and Dr. Charles Fuchs, Director of Yale Cancer Center, these essays span the various implications of cancer on American society; from groundbreaking research, important policies, law, philanthropy and more. With an introduction by Siddartha Mukherjee, other notable contributors include Ezekiel Emanuel, Matthew Nygun, Greg Simon and more.
About the Author
Abbe R. Gluck is a Professor of Law and the founding Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. She is also Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine) at Yale Medical School and a Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. Charles Fuchs became Director of Yale Cancer Center and Physician-in-Chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital on January 1, 2017. An internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers and cancer epidemiology, Dr. Fuchs was previously professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the gastrointestinal oncology division and the Robert T. and Judith B. Hale Chair in Pancreatic Cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.