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October 8, 1932

Human Cancer: Etiological Factors; Precancerous Lesions; Growth; Spread; Symptoms; Diagnosis; Prognosis; Principles of Treatment.

JAMA. 1932;99(15):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670077040

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It is a pleasure to see a book on cancer that is not pervaded by some pet theory or treatment. This one is particularly modest, refrains from reviewing the history of theories, and separates known facts from those which are confusing to students and practitioners. The treatment of the subject is regional rather than organic, a distinction which brings the facts closer to the needs of clinicians. Clinically, the work is fairly complete yet is handled with no idea that our knowledge and conclusions will not be changed. The illustrations are unusually good, although the microscopic pictures present the prevailing artefacts, common to most if not all textbook illustrations made from paraffin and celloidin sections. This, however, does not detract from the clinical value of the work. The bibliography, with no claims to completeness, is sufficient to guide those who desire to investigate the subjects in more detail. The index

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