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The Resource Cancer in the community : class and medical authority, Martha Balshem

Cancer in the community : class and medical authority, Martha Balshem

Label
Cancer in the community : class and medical authority
Title
Cancer in the community
Title remainder
class and medical authority
Statement of responsibility
Martha Balshem
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Focusing on deep conflicts between the medical establishment and the working class, Martha Balshem chronicles a health education project in "Tannerstown," a pseudonym for a blue-collar neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia. Her study is based on her experience as a health educator and anthropologist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, working with a team of behavioral scientists to educate the public about cancer risk factors. Incorporating emotional, vivid interviews and rich personal narratives, Cancer in the Community addresses such issues as the ethics of professional authority, class antagonisms, and the politicization of cancer." "Identified in an epidemiological report as a "cancer hot spot," Tannerstown was targeted by Fox Chase's Project CAN-DO as a community in need of professional guidance. Health educators advised residents to stop smoking, improve their diets, and schedule regular cancer screening tests. This advice, supposedly regarded by the American public as sound and "true," nevertheless was rejected by most Tannerstowners, who believed industrial pollution from nearby chemical plants and air pollution from traffic were the major causes of cancer in their community." "Probing the chronic frustration and distrust that persisted between the two groups, Balshem found that medical professionals tended to view working-class patients as problems in need of correction, while Tannerstowners saw doctors as arrogant and controlling. The medical professionals believed that cancer risk was largely attributable to lifestyle factors, but community residents refused to accept "blame" for their disease. While still part of the Fox Chase team, Balshem began to question the right of medical authorities to dictate changes in lifestyle while discounting the residents' self-diagnosis of environmental risk factors."
  • "Cancer in the Community includes a case history of one Tannerstown resident who died of cancer. Extensive - and wrenching - interviews with the patient's wife and his physician illuminate the underlying struggles concerning social class, power inequalities, and the control of knowledge. In a passionate critique of health education and the constraints of medical professionalism, Balshem traces the sources of conflict about the causes of and treatment for cancer to deeper oppositions concerning truth, justice, and meaning."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Balshem, Martha Levittan
Dewey number
306.4/61/08623
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA645.C3
LC item number
B35 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1993 A-228
  • QZ 200
NLM item number
B196c 1993
Series statement
Smithsonian series in ethnographic inquiry
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cancer
  • Health education
  • Health education
  • Health education
  • Social medicine
  • Cancer
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Neoplasms
  • Social Perception
  • Cancer
  • Éducation sanitaire
  • Éducation sanitaire
  • Éducation sanitaire
  • Médecine sociale
  • Cancer
  • Arbeiter
  • Krebs (Medizin)
  • Gesundheitserziehung
  • Fallstudiensammlung
  • Arzt
  • Patient
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Label
Cancer in the community : class and medical authority, Martha Balshem
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
26935120
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 174 pages
Isbn
9781560982500
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92048963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1545042
Label
Cancer in the community : class and medical authority, Martha Balshem
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
26935120
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 174 pages
Isbn
9781560982500
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92048963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1545042

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