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Cancer By Melvyn F. Greaves

by Melvyn F. Greaves

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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 future research and treatment.
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Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy by Melvyn F. Greaves

In this lucid and entertaining book, Mel Greaves argues that evolutionary biology offers a new perspective that can help us unravel the riddle of cancer. Why, for example, have women always had such a raw deal in the cancer stakes? And why are some cancers, such as prostate cancer, increasing in incidence? Greaves argues that Darwinian selection millions of years ago has endowed our genes and cells with inherently cancerous credentials, and this is exacerbated by our rapid social evolution and exotic behavioural traits that outpace genetic adaptation. The book is full of novel insights, the latest scientific discoveries, and wonderful historical anecdotes. It provides a unique portrait of cancer, past, present, and future.

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Cancer Reviews

The more you read of this, the harder it is to put down. * Nursing Standard *
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 underlying biological principles. * Journal of Biological Education *
Thoroughly recommendable. * Microbiology Today *

About Melvyn F. Greaves

Mel Greaves is Director of the Leukemia Research Fund Center at the Institute of Cancer Research, in London. The winner of several awards for cancer research, he lives in London.

Table of 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

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Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy by Melvyn F. Greaves
Melvyn F. Greaves
Used - Good
Oxford University Press
Winner of BMA Medical Book Competition 2001, awarded Highly Commended in the Popular Medicine category.
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