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Barron H. Lerner is the Angelica Berrie-Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine.  Dr. Lerner received his M.D. from Columbia in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 1996.  His book, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America (purchase on, published by Oxford University Press, received the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the Washington Irving Book Award from the Westchester Library Association and was named one of the 26 most notable books of 2001 by the American Library Association.  Dr. Lerner’s latest book, When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine (purchase on, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2006.  In addition to his research, Dr. Lerner practices internal medicine and teaches medical ethics and the history of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center

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