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February 1960

Carcinogenesis by Ultraviolet Light

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By Harold F. Blum, Ph.D. Price, $6.50. Pp. 360, with 57 illustrations. Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1959.

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):343. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020179031

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Dr. Blum believes "the application of the quantitative method may lead us far in the elucidation of biological phenomena." His book on carcinogenesis and ultraviolet light is strong evidence for this point. In it are sound scientific information, reports of hundreds of observations, thoughts and speculations on various facets of the subject from an inquiring mind in a pleasant, readable form. The broad subjects covered are: the effects of ultraviolet light on biological systems, experimental carcinogenesis due to ultraviolet light, and practical considerations for the physician. Though graphs and equations are included, the material is not presented in a too highly technical manner. All the data are well documented by a long list of references and when speculation is indulged in, it is so stated. Even "ideas that do not fit" have a place, as do many known facets on the road to cancer production. Dermatologists may find some controversial

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