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Lessons from two domestic wars: cancer and poverty


A generation ago, two successive US Presidents, not content with the burdens of conventional wars, went on to declare wars on the domestic front: Johnson on poverty (1964) [1] and Nixon on cancer (1971) [2]. Although neither war ever came to a successful conclusion, the focus on cancer seems to have achieved rather more than that on poverty [1,3]. Why should this have been so? What lessons can we draw from experiences in these two ‘wars‘? How is this relevant to healthcare and in particular oncology going forward?

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