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Title: International cooperation in the fight against cancer : British and American contributions to the international cancer network
Author: Murciano-Goroff, Yonina R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 4482
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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International health organisations have long been cast as focusing primarily on combating infectious diseases in less affluent countries. Wealthier nations, like the US and UK, have been portrayed as the benefactors, but not as the beneficiaries, of international medical cooperation. This dissertation aims to offer a new perspective on international health work through an examination of a series of interconnected international cancer associations, including the International Union Against Cancer, the World Health Organization Cancer Unit and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It analyses the changing manner in which British and American cancer researchers and policymakers thought about the benefits of international cooperation for fighting chronic diseases, as well as the ways in which British and American interests altered the scientific agendas of international cancer institutions. Many international organisations were created out of a faith in the value of cooperation broadly rather than out of a conviction that a specific cooperative project was likely to prove scientifically useful. The malleability of the scientific programmes of international institutions invited the input of researchers as well as of government officials whose more general vacillations between isolationism and interventionism in foreign affairs coloured their views of cancer cooperation. While international organisations provided domestic cancer institutes with such basic scientific tools as a globally standardised method of diagnosing disparate tumours, the interests of American and British scientists and government officials also helped mould the international cancer network's goals, methods and techniques.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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