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Why Did the Nazis Have the World's Most Aggressive Anti-Cancer Campaign?

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Why Did the Nazis Have the World's Most Aggressive Anti-Cancer Campaign?

R N Proctor. Endeavour.

Abstract

Recent historical work has shown that while certain kinds of science were destroyed under the Nazi regime, other kinds flourished. Sciences of an applied nature were especially encouraged, as were sciences that fit within the larger program of Nazi segregation and extermination. Little attention, though, has been given to Nazi cancer theory and policy. That is curious, given that the Nazi regime launched one of the most comprehensive and successful cancer prevention programs of the century, involving bans on smoking, restrictions on carcinogenic food dyes, new steps to limit exposure to asbestos and radiation, and much else as well.

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