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May 26, 1969

The Virology and Immunology of Cancer

Author Affiliations

Temple University Philadelphia

JAMA. 1969;208(8):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160080161044

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This book is an English translation of a Russian text written by members of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR. After a brief introduction to the theories of carcinogenesis, the first part of the book is devoted to the viral etiology of cancer. The authors have several chapters covering a list of the viruses which cause tumors, the morphology of tumor viruses, the antigenic and immunogenic properties of tumor viruses, and finally the pathogenic potentialities of tumor viruses.

Part 2 is devoted to the immunology of cancer, with several chapters on the antigenic structure of tumor tissue, the immunology of transplantable tumors, and a valuable appendix on some methods of immunologic analysis. My only objection to this book is that the authors have not exerted a critical selection of the references. This is left to the reader to do, a procedure that has both advantages and disadvantages. The