Show Notes: Dr. Vera Peters

Tracy Wilson

A single breast cancer cell. © Science Picture Co./Corbis

We've made no secret of the fact that our lists of episode ideas - both our own, and the ones listeners have submitted - are incredibly long. But sometimes, even with hundreds of subjects to choose from, nothing really grabs either of our attention. That's why today's episode comes from a recent Modern Worthies post on Rejected Princesses: It's on Dr. Vera Peters, who was one of the foremost oncologists of her time. Thanks to her work, the standard of care completely changed for the better for two different cancers: breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma. This was doubly monumental since there were nearly no women doctors at the time.

Our listener mail is from Vera, who writes about busing in Boston following our Brown v. Board series.

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