David cantor, Ph.D.

David Cantor held his Stetten Fellowship from 2000-2001.  In his research project, titled “Radium and the National Cancer Institute,” he examined a largely forgotten program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – the radium loan program.  The radium loan program accounted for about half of the NCI’s budget in its first fiscal year and was intended not for research but for the routine treatment of patients who otherwise could not afford therapy.  Put another way, half the NCI’s budget in its first year went on the care of poor patients.  This research provided a foundation for Cantor’s later work on the history of the NCI and cancer, which he undertook for the National Cancer Institute and later the National Library of Medicine.

Cantor received his PhD in History from University of Lancaster.  He is currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Office of History, NIH.

Selected Publications:

Cancer in the Twentieth Century (edited volume) (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

“Radium and the Origins of the National Cancer Institute,” in Caroline Hannaway (ed.), Biomedicine in the Twentieth Century: Practices, Policies, and Politics (Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2008).

“Cancer Control and Prevention in the Twentieth Century,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2007) 81(1): 1-38.

“Uncertain Enthusiasm: The American Cancer Society, Public Education, and the Problems of the Movie, 1921-1960,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2007) 81(1): 39-69.

“The Frustrations of Families: Henry Lynch, Heredity, and Cancer Control, 1962-1975,” Medical History (2006) 50(3): 279-302.

“Cancer, Quackery and the Vernacular Meanings of Hope in 1950s America,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (2006) 63 (3): 324-368.

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