The Cancer Chronicles

The Cancer Chronicles

Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

eBook - 2013
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When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is a revolution under way--an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. In a provocative and intellectually vibrant exploration, he takes us on an adventure through the history and recent advances of cancer research that will challenge everything you thought you knew about the disease. Deftly excavating and illuminating decades of investigation and analysis, he reveals what we know and don't know about cancer, showing why a cure remains such a slippery concept. We follow him as he combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments, and scientific hypotheses--rooted in every discipline from evolutionary biology to game theory and physics. Cogently...
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780385349710

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2013

Corrections on the earth's cumulative population by the author:

By 1 A.D. experts estimate that there were at least 45 million people in the Roman Empire. Extrapolating upward, Haub put the world population back then at roughly 300 million. Based on various assumptions about birth rate and the impact of infant mortality, infanticide, and the Black Death, it took until 1650 for the number to reach half a billion, surpassing 1 billion only in the 19th century. Today the population is 7.1 billion and rising, but the total accumulation of people, living and dead, has reached 108 billion.

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2013

Actual quote on page 57 of hard cover (corrected by author in e-book):--- A demographer at the population reference bureau made a rough calculation. By A.D. 1, the earth' s cumulative population had already approached 50 billion (???), and the number had nearly doubled to 100 billion by 1850 (????). I was surprised by the magnitude.

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Sep 27, 2013

A 25-year retrospective on “The Causes of Cancer” (published in 1981, Doll and Peto’s) still attributed 30 percent of cancer to tobacco. Obesity and lack of exercise were believed to account for 20 percent, diet for 10 to 25 percent, alcohol for 4 percent, and viruses for 3 percent. Far down on the lists are occupational exposure and pollutants.

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delfon
Oct 18, 2013

not as good as one would have expected.
Makes on wonder though, why our scientists are so concerned abouit those issues which do not cause much cancer, while ignoring other more pressing causations.
Cancers causes are:
30% by smoking.
35% by diet.
3% by alcohol.
7% by reproductive sexual behavior -- includes forgoing child-bearing etc.
10% by various infections.
3% by geophysical phenomena.
4% by occupational exposure.
2% by aire, water, and food polluition.
1% from medical treatment side-effects

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jimg2000
Sep 27, 2013

Interesting chronicles of the beast echthroi indeed ...

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