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The Book Forum
January 25, 1964

Normal Growth and Cancer

JAMA. 1964;187(4):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060170062028

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The application of newer techniques to the study of growth and neoplasia, and the rapid expansion of the literature in these areas, make it difficult for those not engaged actively in the work to keep abreast of the new developments. Here is an informative yet concise and up-to-date book which, though addressed primarily to thoughtful practicing physicians and premedical students, discusses basic aspects of growth and neoplasia in terms which may be understood by any serious student. Naturally, in a volume of this size it is not possible to relate much more than the most basic concepts, often greatly simplified, but the short bibliography appended to each chapter lists the pertinent papers and monographs for study in greater depth.

The authors regard their book as a history of progress in cancer research, and the first chapter is an account of the concepts of neoplasia before the invention of the microscope.