A few Choice words

The American Choice Reviews on line has this to say:

50-2688

RC275

2011-49931 CIP

Science & Technology \ Health Sciences
Hesketh, Robin.  Betrayed by nature: the war on cancer.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  255p bibl index; ISBN 9780230338487, $28.00. Reviewed in 2013jan CHOICE. • New from Palgrave Macmillan •
Reviewing a scientific treatise can be a routine task or occasionally an overall delight when the excellence of the approach, the writing style, and the scope and caliber of the subject coverage are of the degree found in this work by Hesketh (biochemistry, Univ. of Cambridge, UK). The comprehensive coverage of the many facets of cancer never leaves the reader feeling overburdened with too much information. The text flows smoothly from topic to topic, with chapters divided into four parts focusing on history and background information, genetics and cell changes, cancer cells, and diagnosis and therapy; coverage is adequate to indicate the relevance of each topic to the overall theme. The author writes in a somewhat personal and narrative style, with occasional well-placed tidbits in a lighter vein. Of the nine chapters, the last, “Where Are We? Where Are We Going?,” presents a well-thought-out synopsis of the current status of cancer and an assessment of what the future may hold for cancer victims. A glossary and a listing of cancer information resources support the text. Because of the overall excellence of this work, it is a “must read” for anyone who wishes to update his knowledge of this disease. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. — R. S. Kowalczyk, formerly, University of Michigan

 

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