MAN AGAINST CANCER by Bernard Glemser


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The cancer researchers are hopeful but not quite confident that a cure is imminent. In Africa, chemotherapy has eradicated ""Burkitt's tumors"" and principals at Sloan-Kettering see this work as possibly a precedent for treating leukemia and, ultimately, all cancers. Glemser, who interviewed members of the ""cancer establishment"" (definitely not a pejorative) internationally, is careful not to overstate the case; in fact, in this highly informative popular survey of research he stresses the diversity of directions. In India, for example, experiments on cobra veom point to its use for organ transplants and in tumor reduction. In Japan, discoveries of the relationship of starch to cancer incidence may make the already cancer-wary Japanese cut down on rice. Elsewhere, research in chemotherapy and immunology is pursued through surgery and radiation continues to effect the most remissions. Glemser includes descriptions of the cell (to the degree it is understood) and ample statistics of cancer incidence by type, region, sex, etc. Little is omitted that is known--including controversy among the researchers and the highly tentative nature of some of the more publicized ""advances.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1969
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls