Author: "Pierre R. Band"

Therapeutic Revolution The History of Medical Oncology from Early Days to the Creation of the Subspecialty

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Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-60805-815-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-814-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080581431140101


Cancer is a disease responsible for several million annual deaths among humans, worldwide. However, advances in healthcare - which include breakthroughs in science and medicine as well as access to medical treatment - have improved the survival rate of cancer patients over the last few decades.

Therapeutic Revolution relates the story of one of the great scientific tales of the twentieth century: how the field of medical oncology was created and its subsequent development owing to medical and scientific breakthroughs. The book unfolds the pre-clinical and clinical concepts and innovations that led to the creation of the medical subspecialty now known as oncology.

Therapeutic Revolution is the first book ever written on the events that led to this subspecialty of internal medicine. It relates the recollection of key events obtained from interviews of the pioneers who laid the foundations of medical oncology, as well as the author’s own experience of the pre-specialty era of medical practice.

The book is essential reading for all readers interested in the history of cancer treatment and also serves as a historical primer for medical students learning oncology.


Review 1

…it is a book for anyone who has a serious interest in the field of oncology.” - The ASCO Post, November 1, 2014.,-2014/a-history-of-medical-oncology.aspx

Review 2

“…useful, not only to the experts, but also to those about to embark in oncological studies.” - European Journal of Gynecological Oncology, Vol. XXXVI, no. 1, January, 2015

Review 3

“ …presents a remarkable piece of recent history… …artfully tells that story in a way that feels distinctly personal… …Most impressive is the overall homage to a distinctively unique medical subspecialty that has seen tremendous discovery in the last 50 years…” - Daniel C. McFarland, Psycho-Oncology 24: 363–364 (March 2015), Wiley Online Library

Review 4

“ …offers the reader a glimpse into the inspiring ethos of the founders of medical oncology and their collective march toward better clinical research and outcomes for patients.” - C. I. Falkson, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA - Current Oncology, Vol. 22, No. 3, June 2015 © 2015 Multimed Inc.

Current Oncology

Review 5

“ …a skilfully constructed presentation of the successes and failures of trials and investigations of compounds, agents, and protocols, as well as profiles of some of the better and lesser-known innovators of cancer treatments.” – G. Giddings, Hospice Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand- Current Oncology, Vol. 22, No. 3, June 2015 © 2015 Multimed Inc.

Current Oncology

Review 6

“…The book evolves with refreshing speed around the early NCI history, detailing all the concepts and drama of the day-to-day activities that led to curative approaches in treating cancer… ” – J. Ragaz and S. Shakeraneh, University of British Columbia, Canada - Current Oncology, Vol. 22, No. 3, June 2015 © 2015 Multimed Inc.

Current Oncology

Review 7

“…a valuable addition to the history of medicine…” - Dr. Emil J. Freireich, The Open Cancer Journal, Volume 8: 24, 2015.

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