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Description - Matters of Life and Death by John Cairns, Jr.

Cancer has become the scourge of the 20th century. It was always part of the human condition, but until recently it was not a common cause of death as most people died from infectious diseases. Now that most of us will live long enough to be at risk of developing cancer, we need to learn as much about it as possible; this requires an understanding of molecular biology. John Cairns has made significant contributions to cancer research, molecular biology and virology. He believes that it is possible to explain what is known about cancer and molecular biology in terms that can be understood by readers with little or no scientific background. In this book, the author explores the revolution in public health, the origins and principles of molecular biology, and our emerging understanding of the causes of cancer. Finally, he discusses how these developments are likely to affect future generations. As Cairns points out, the last 200 years have altered our life expectations beyond recognition. Even in developing countries, people are starting to believe that everyone ought to be able to live well into old age and be protected from the major causes of premature death. This change in our exp

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691002507
ISBN-10: 0691002509
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 24-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Cairns, Jr.

John Cairns, M.D., is recently retired from the Harvard School of Public Health. Before that appointment, he held posts as Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then as Director of one of the laboratories run by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. He is the author of Cancer: Science and Society.

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