The immortal illness

By Rebecca Priestley In Books, Culture

Print Share
7th April, 2011
When Fanny Rosenow called the New York Times to place an announcement about a support group she was starting for survivors of breast cancer, the paper’s society editor said that was fine, but she couldn’t use the words “breast” or “cancer” in its pages. Perhaps she would like to call it a support group for sufferers of “diseases of the chest wall”? This was the 1950s: not only was cancer not mentioned in polite society, but the treatments were hit or miss and often brutal, and the causes of the disease were so poorly understood that many doctors, as well as tobacco ...

NZ Listener digital and print subscriptions

Thanks for your interest in this article.  To get your latest edition of the NZ Listener via a print subscription click here.

The NZ Listener is now also available via a Zinio digital experience – read the latest edition on your computer or via the Zinio app on your tablet.  To find our more click here.

Accessing archive content: If you’re interested in accessing archive content, please contact our NZ Listener helpdesk contact us.  We endeavor to get back to you within 5 working days.

If you already have an archive content login, please login to view and unlock content.

Any queries regarding access please contact our NZ Listener helpdesk contact us.

More by Rebecca Priestley

Switch to our mobile site