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December 10, 1982

Cancer in the Young

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital Medical Center University of Cincinnati


edited by Arthur S. Levine, 767 pp, with illus, $95, New York, Masson Publishing USA Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(22):3036-3037. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220076054

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This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the biology, epidemiology, and treatment of cancer in children and adolescents, with more than 42 contributing authors who are mostly senior investigators at the National Cancer Institute. The introduction by the editor is helpful and sets the tone of the book. Each chapter has an excellent bibliography.

Part 1 deals with the biologic background and consists of four chapters. The first chapter is on the epidemiology of cancer and the second is on ecogenetic origins of cancer. The introduction of the term "ecogenetic" emphasizes the concept of interplay of environmental and genetic factors in childhood cancer. The chapter on the interrelationship between cancer and immunodeficiency is interesting and timely. The fourth chapter on cell kinetics is comprehensive, but some of the principles would be difficult to understand without a background in the area.

Part 2, "Evaluation of the Host and His Tumor,"