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March 1, 1958

The Biologic Basis of Cancer Management

JAMA. 1958;166(9):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990090113027

This text is divided into four parts, dealing with the cause, biological behavior, diagnosis, and treatment and prevention of cancer respectively. The author presents recent advances in biology, experimental pathology, biochemistry, cytochemistry, and physics, as well as a framework of reference of a more historical nature. The relationship of the studies that have been made in these disciplines is then correlated with the clinical problems of the individual patient. There has long been a need for such a book, and one of the most frequent requests of medical students is for such a range of material in concise and understandable form. Although the author has attempted to describe the various aspects of cancer under one cover in a fashion that has not previously been attempted, he has fallen short of his goal. The principal reason for this is found in the preface, wherein the author states that the book was

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