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How Cancer Works 1st Edition
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George N. Dessev, Ph.D.
Retired Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology
Like his previous work "How Pathogenic Viruses Work", Lauren has done a very good job is tacking a complex science and distilling it into a very readable book. His approach to the topic (breaking down normal and abnormal cell division, how DNA mutations arise, relating the multiple mutations required for malignancy, etc.) make the topic understandable to even laymen (which I am one).
For non-professionals seeking to understand cancer (and we all know or loved someone who has had it), this book brings a great deal of perspective. Lauren lists common forms of cancer (leukemia, breast/prostate, lung, etc.) in ways that help us understand the differences in types of cancers, how they may be caused, and why cures are difficult to architect.
Though not as entertaining as his "virus" book (which was more interesting due to the nearly endless variety of viruses and their survival mechanisms), his "cancer" book was equally well thought-out, and almost as well written.
I would recommend this work for two audiences: pre-med students and those considering a career in medicine, and laymen who are hungry for knowledge about cancer. If you survived high school biology and genetics-101, very little of this book will be over your head.
The concepts are explained step by step. The most representative cancers are throughly explained for the layman.
My son is a research scientist in triple negative breast cancer, so, in addition to my own interest in how the human body works, i want to understand his work. I also highly recommend the Teaching Company Great Courses offering by David Sadava titled What Science Knows About Cancer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hate science, but needed this for a class. The way the girl (lady?) writes, it actually kind of makes sense. Then I forget it all, but it was doable lol.Published on February 19, 2013 by L
Book met my expectations on a complex subject. I'd recommend it especial for the literate lay person who wants details of what cancer is and how it kills.Published on September 15, 2012 by Zorrito
This book was purchased for non-credit class on the subject of cancer. I feel it is written for an introduction to the subject but does not give the class much to discuss. Read morePublished on March 31, 2007 by Ayn Rand
I have found this an excellent resource for learning the basics of cancer. This is not difficult but gives you enought science that it doesn't insult your intelligence. Read morePublished on July 31, 2006 by R. Lucius