Between remission and cure: patients, practitioners and the transformation of leukaemia in the late twentieth century

  title={Between remission and cure: patients, practitioners and the transformation of leukaemia in the late twentieth century},
  author={E. Barnes},
  journal={Chronic Illness},
  pages={253 - 264}
  • E. Barnes
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine
  • Chronic Illness
  • Objectives: During the course of the 1960s and 1970s, acute leukaemia in childhood ceased to be invariably fatal and was recategorized as curable. The meaning of cure in this case, however, was problematic, as it was impossible for physicians to be certain that cancer would not return. This paper uses historical methods to explore how remission was understood by families with children with acute leukaemia during the period in which the first cures were announced, roughly 1972—77. Methods: These… CONTINUE READING
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