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March 1938

Some Fundamental Aspects of the Cancer Problem

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(3):543-544. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480090172021

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Thirty-one papers on various phases of cancer which were presented before the Section on Medical Sciences at the December 1936 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science have been collected and published in book form by the association. Each one represents the views of the particular writer as to his own branch of the subject.

The book is divided into parts dealing with heredity and constitutional factors, with the induction, stimulation and inhibition of tumorous growths, with the metabolism of cancerous tissue, with radiation and with the problem of cancer in general.

In the section on heredity Slye and Little discuss their opposing views regarding the dominant factors in the heredity of cancer. The reader, therefore, may elect to believe with Maud Slye that there are no extra chromosomal influences but specific transmissible recessive characters which may be suppressed by a dominant one, or with Little that

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