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Cancer : the evolutionary legacy

Author: M F Greaves
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001.
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In this fascinating and highly readable new book, Mel Greaves shows how the origins of cancer are inextricably linked with our evolutionary heritage, and considers the implications of this theory for  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M F Greaves
ISBN: 0192628348 9780192628343
OCLC Number: 47356669
Awards: Winner of BMA Medical Book Competition 2001, awarded Highly Commended in the Popular Medicine category.
Description: x, 276 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface ; PART I: CANCER - ANCIENT LEGACIES AND MODERN MYTHS ; 1. Perplexed? You should be ; 2. The King of Naples and other silent witnesses ; 3. Questions and answers ; PART II: EVOLVING CANCER ; 4. Clones, clones, clones ; 5. The way we are: risk and restraints ; 6. How cancer cells play the winning game ; 7. Green-eyed mutations? ; 8. Blind chance - and ultimate extinction? ; PART III: PARADOXES OF PROGRESS: INDECENT EXPOSURES ; 9. Is cancer an evolutionary inevitability? ; 10. And then you set fire to it? ; 11. Women's troubles ; 12. Men's troubles ; 13. Cancer a deux ; 14. Other ways of getting bugged ; 15. Travelling light ; 16. Dying for a living ; 17. Collateral damage ; 18. Finale: compounding risk with bad luck ; PART IV: FINESSING THE CLONE ; 19. Treatment: the blind marksman ; 20. Epilogue: cancer in the 21st century ; Index
Responsibility: Mel Greaves.
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Thoroughly recommendable. * Microbiology Today * This is a most engaging and accessible book... There are plenty of books on cancer as a disease, but this book is unusual in its focus on the Read more...

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