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The Basic Science of Oncology 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071387743
ISBN-10: 0071387749
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About the Author

Ian F. Tannock, MD, PhD
Daniel E. Bergsagel Professor of Medical Oncology
Princess Margaret Hospital
University Health Network
Professor of Medicine and Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
Ontario Cancer Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Richard P. Hill, PhD
Senior Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
Ontario Cancer Institute
Professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology
University of Toronto

Robert G. Bristow, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
Ontario Cancer Institute

Lea Harrington, PhD
Senior Scientist, Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology
Ontario Cancer Institute/ Amgen Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto

The authors represent the premier cancer research center in Canada. The contributors are primarily located at the Ontario Cancer institute as well.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 4 edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071387749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071387743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.2 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is probably the best introductory oncology book I have found. I taught out of it in classes for advanced undergrades, first year graduate students and doctor of pharmacy students. It is comprehensive and easily readable, and the treatment of general concepts is second to none. Some of the listings of identified oncogenes and such are a bit dated, but that should be rectified when the 3rd edition is published (currently expected April 1, 1998). The section on the biology underlying cancer treatment is particularly useful, and hopefully the 1998 update will continue to be so.
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By Finn on April 25, 2010
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This book was recommended reading for my postgraduate degree in medical oncology. It is awful! While the content is generally good, it is unfortunately presented poorly:
1) Figures are in black and white (like in textbooks from the 70s)
2) It seems the target audience are molecular biologists, because the content is far from "basic".

I ended up reading Alberts "Molecular Biology of the Cell" and Weinberg's "Biology of Cancer" instead. Those are amazing textbooks, easy to read, and they cover the same topics as Tannock/Hill' book. Sure, Alberts/Weinberg together are close to 2000 pages, but this turned out to be easier, faster and far more enjoyable than reading Tannock/Hill.
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Having heard so much about this book, I was very dissapointed by the fact that this book really wasnt so basic . It does provide a comprehensive analysis of many other aspects of oncology ,but it most certainly is not a book for beginners and at times you feel overwhelmed by the sheer detail with an inability to bring across basic concepts. This is a book for oncologists who have a more than basic grasp of the basic sciences.Read somehing simpler first.
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I really think that this book is an excellent academic source on cancer. We went through many chapters of the previous edition in a course I have taken during my PhD education, 7 or 8 years ago. I recently purchased the last edition, as it is now among the sources I use and recommend in the PhD classes I offer to our students. I think a little background scientific knowledge on cancer will help get the best out of this book. It covers all aspects of cancer, refers to connections between different topics on cancer, which helps greatly in seeing the "big picture" also.
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An excellent primer to start understanding the incredible complexities of cancer.
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Excellent presentation.Clear explanations and figures.Updated and meaningful information.User friendly.Great reference book for medical students and doctors interested about the topic.
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