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This book, written by a well-informed layman, is to be read by educated laymen. Mr. Musella is well known in Italy as a "scientific reporter" and has published other scientific monographs for the general public. In this small volume, the author tries to explain simply but accurately what the modern trends are in cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. In his rapid review, he touches such varied fields as the interpretation of statistics on cancer morbidity and mortality, the importance of constitutional or inherited predisposing factors, the influence of environment, the role played by the different hormones and by enzyme systems, nutritional factors, and the most recent views on the use of enzyme antagonists. He discusses many of the important "early signs" and gives proper emphasis to the enormous importance of early diagnosis, diagnosis at a time at which cancer is still a local disease. Cancers of the different systems and
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