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:

Books
(Co-editor) Health Education Films in the Twentieth Century,(co-edited with Christian Bonah and Anja Laukötter), Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2018.

Articles
“Conversion Narratives, Health Films and Hollywood Filmmakers of the 1930s and 1940s,” (with Vincent Lowy), in Christian Bonah, David Cantor, and Anja Laukötter (eds.), Health Education Films in the Twentieth Century, Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2018, pp. 143-170.

 “Between Movies, Markets, and Medicine:  The Eastern Film Corporation, Frank A. Tichenor, and Medical and Health Films in the 1920s,” in Christian Bonah, David Cantor, and Anja Laukötter (eds.), Health Education Films in the Twentieth Century, Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2018, pp. 43-84.

“Introduction,” (with Christian Bonah and Anja Laukötter), in Christian Bonah, David Cantor, and Anja Laukötter (eds.), Health Education Films in the Twentieth Century, Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press, 2018, pp. 1-40.

 “Cancer: Radical Surgery and the Patient,” in Thomas Schlich (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 457-477.

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