April 1965

The Savage Cell:

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A Report on Cancer Research. By Pat McGrady. Price, $8.50. Pp 432. Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 59 Fourth Ave, New York, NY 10016, 1964.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(4):378-379. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020380027

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There are many unique features about this book, principally the fact that it is a behind-the-scenes report of the author, who has had wide experience as Science Editor of the American Cancer Society through many years. This has involved travel and discussions with a very large proportion of the individuals receiving major grants from the society.

Moreover the book is written by a leader among science writers and will appeal to a very wide circle of readers, especially, perhaps, to pediatric specialists, family physicians, and parents. None of these can afford to be uninformed of its contents and thus to be behind the times. This applies to medical students and to pediatricians-in-training, in whom it is not so likely to induce slumber as other usual reading matter does. It should not be hurriedly skimmed through but taken in small and pleasant doses, productive of thought.

The 29 chapters are well

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