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Concerning the Origins of Malignant Tumours


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I. Introduction II. Some observations from experimental cytology III. Relevance to the study of tumours IV. The explanatory value of the hypothesis V. Consideration of some objections VI. Conclusion References


What makes Boveri's writing worth reading almost a century later is his ability to distil complex information, including the ideas and observations of others, into brilliant, incisive syntheses. For those biologists among us who are interested in how we got to where we are, this book makes fascinating reading, even if it does not lay down an accurate trail of previous discoveries. Cancer research over the past century has involved a succession of blind alleys and detours, mountains of largely uninterpretable observational data and the occasional brilliant leap forward. This book takes us back to the humble beginnings of this now thriving field. Nature

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