The Cancer History Project is proud to publish Cancer Crusade: The Story of the National Cancer Act of 1971, Richard A. Rettig’s authoritative history of the buildup to and passage of the landmark law. Rettig, a political scientist, provides a detailed account of the debates that rocked the medical establishment of the time. Echoes of these debates still resonate half a century later.

The book is available as a free download below, as a PDF or e-book. A new foreword to the book by CHP co-editors, Otis Brawley and Paul Goldberg, is published in The Cancer Letter.