September 7, 1957

Human Cancer: A Manual for Students and Physicians

JAMA. 1957;165(1):108. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980190110032

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In this compact volume the authors have accomplished a synoptic presentation of human cancer in terms of its biological behavior correlated with clinical manifestations and indications for treatment. Although they emphasize the importance of the balance between host and tumor as the chief factor in prognosis, they do not neglect the importance of diagnosis and treatment at an early stage when possible. The book fulfills its objective well, particularly in the first five chapters which deal with cancer detection, human carcinogenesis, biological behavior of cancer, biochemistry of cancer, and chemical and radiation therapy. The remainder of the book deals briefly with cancer in anatomic sites and systems and with remarks as to incidence, signs and symptoms, structure, metastases, prognosis, and treatment. In general, these brief and up-to-date reviews of various types of cancer provide valuable information for medical students and physicians with a general interest in the treatment of cancer.

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