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Robert Souhami, 19 March 1981

Conquering Cancer 
by Lucien Israel, translated by Joan Pinkham.
Penguin, 269 pp., £2.25, January 1981, 0 14 022276 6
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... This is a book about the advances made in the treatment of cancer, especially in its management by medical means – a branch of medicine known as medical oncology. Anyone who writes a book about cancer must bear in mind that many of its readers will be patients who have the disease or their relatives and close friends. Some of them will read it in fearful anticipation of what they will learn and of the loss of hope it may entail ...

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