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Appraisal of this ambitious compilation on cancer is somewhat difficult because of the magnitude of the project and the organization of its voluminous content. There are truly noteworthy sections and others which leave much to be desired. A review of the separate volumes might best serve to illustrate the nature of the entire system.
Volume I, comprising Part 1: Research Into Causation, is superb and should prove invaluable as a source of basic information. Among the twelve chapters one finds thorough coverage of such subjects as carcinogenesis, chemical mechanisms of normal and abnormal cell division, hormones and neoplasia, the genetic component of cancer, environmental factors in the production of human cancer, and carcinogenic effects of radiation. A chapter on viruses in the origin of tumors includes excellent electron photomicrographs. The bibliographies at the end of each chapter are exemplary. A complete index adds to the stature of this volume as
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