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December 17, 1955

Cancer Cells

JAMA. 1955;159(16):1577-1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960330077027

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This attractive and useful volume is neither a textbook nor a handbook compendium. Rather, it is an extended and reflective essay about cancer cells, about the possible inciters, inhibitors, and modifiers of cancer cells, and about various cancers as diseases. The first seven chapters are devoted to a review and evaluation of our present knowledge of cancer cells, their cytoplasm, their nuclei, their chemistry, and their response to chemical inciters and modifiers. Although experimental cancer is used to exemplify problems in human cancer, it is used for illumination only and is not extrapolated to the human disease. Throughout the book technical terms are clearly defined. The hyperplasias, the metaplasias, invasion and metastasis, polyploidy, and pinocytosis are discussed from the standpoint of their etymology and their meaning in cancer pathology. A chapter is devoted to agents, such as x-rays, radium, and atomic radiation, that may cause cells to become malignant as

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