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Santayana wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." According to the editor of this book, which has 82 contributors it was "written to review the accomplishments of the Clinical Cooperative Groups during the past 25 years." Most of these 82 contributors, not only "remember the past," but they were active participants in the development of the clinical cooperative groups. As many of today's participants in the ongoing clinical cooperative studies in cancer have entered the field too recently to "remember the past," this publication should be required reading for them.
There are chapters for each of the more important primary sites of cancer, and separate chapters for the contributions of various disciplines. Of special interest are chapters on the relationships between the cooperative groups and basic research in cancer and cancer education. The relationships and conflicts between the groups, the National Cancer Institute, the cancer
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