February 1954

Cancer in Man.

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By S. Peller. Price, $12.50. Pp. 556, with no illustrations. International Universities Press, Inc., 227 W. 13th St., New York 11, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):257. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090245026

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Dr. Peller must be congratulated on the scope of his endeavor and the excellence with which it has been executed. The epidemiological method of presentation has been most effectively utilized without the confusion of mathematical statistics.

The purpose of the book is to review contributions to the development of present cancer knowledge and theories, to discuss the philosophy of medical thinking in matters of cancer, to evaluate research of the past 50 years, and to analyze the discrepancies between achievements and expectations of cancer studies during this period.

The subject matter has been presented in three parts. The first of these contains a discussion of the cellular concept and its underlying philosophy and outstanding results of experimentation, with an evaluation of experimental trends. The second part pertains to the epidemiology of cancer. It is an extensive survey of cancer disposition in groups, as determined by biology, childhood, pathology, occupation, reproductive

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