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September 1966

Current Perspectives in Cancer Therapy.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(3):295. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290150109035

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This symposium volume represents an attempt to bring together diverse areas in clinical oncology and cancer chemotherapy "... in an effort to help keep the clinician aware of the innovations in the treatment of patients." Thirty-two authors have contributed 24 chapters, usually short communications, of varying quality. Only a few of the contributions represent critical reviews. "In order to present their material in a concise and easily readable fashion, most chapters contain only brief bibliographic references." Often no references are given. The editors' choice of this approach is regrettable. For example, in Chapter 5, "Geographic and Genetic Factors in the Incidence of Cancer," the section on Hormonal Action reads in toto: "The action of hormones can be shown to be an important factor in the development of cancer in animals. It is now thought that hormones may exert their influence by direct action on DNA; if this is so, there may

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