The Biochemistry of Malignant Tumors


MAINLY because of the practical urgency of arriving at a fuller understanding of one of the most insidious diseases, but also because of the theoretical interest of a problem so closely related to the mysteries of animal growth, cancer research has for many years ceased to be the exclusive concern of the clinician and the morphological pathologist. The methods of biochemistry and experimental biology, in the widest sense of these terms, have been increasingly applied, and these sciences may reasonably claim a large share in some of the most hopeful advances of knowledge which have resulted. At present the major contributions appear to be the chemical carcinogens, the chemistry of tumour growth, the filterable agents of certain fowl and rabbit tumours, and the transmission of mammary cancer in mice by the milk-borne cancer agent: all these owe much to the application of biochemistry. More nebulous at present, but offering glittering prizes for the future, are the, similar developments in the immunology and laboratory diagnosis of cancer.

The Biochemistry of Malignant Tumors

By Dr. Kurt Stern Dr. Robert Willheim. Pp. xiv + 951. (London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1943.) 60s. net.

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DICKENS, F. The Biochemistry of Malignant Tumors. Nature 154, 223–225 (1944) doi:10.1038/154223a0

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