March 1975

The Etiology of Human Breast Cancer: Endocrine, Genetic, Viral, Immunologic and Other Considerations

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by A. N. Papaioannou, 216 pp, Springer-Verlag, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(3):354. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360090124035

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Epidemiology is probably one of the least investigated aspects of cancer of the breast, and this book makes a concerted effort to provide a compendium of present knowledge about the mechanisms involved in the development of breast cancer. The book is very current and well written. The author has provided a careful review of recent information in each four main areas, followed by a summation and concluding remarks in each of these major chapters. The four areas that he has covered in greatest extent are endocrine, genetic, viral, and immunologic considerations in the etiology of breast cancer. Within each of these areas, he has been very broad in providing background information, new concepts, and a careful literature review. It is an excellent source of references for anyone embarking on a review of any of these areas in relation to breast cancer. There is an important section under endocrine considerations involving

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