Understanding Cancer: An Introduction to the Biology, Medicine, and Societal Implications of this Disease

1st Edition

J. Richard McIntosh

Garland Science
March 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 446 Pages
ISBN 9780815345350 - CAT# Y176258

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Understanding Cancer is a brand-new undergraduate textbook that uses simple language and well-chosen examples to explain the biological processes that underlie cancer and inform our diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Assuming no prior study of biology or chemistry, the book has been carefully designed to provide the relevant information for the many students who require an accessible introduction to the subject, including those undertaking a one-semester course while majoring in a discipline outside the biological sciences.

Born of the author’s personal experiences in life, the classroom, and in the laboratory as a professor of cell biology, the book presents stories of people touched by cancer, while maintaining a scientific perspective on what is known and still unknown about cancer’s onset and development, its prognosis, and current methods of treatment.

Key Features:

  • A writing style that is simple and engaging but retains scientific precision
  • Key concepts listed at the end of each chapter
  • Beautiful, full-color presentation, extensive illustration and supplementary video material
  • Plentiful use of sidebars to provide additional material on a broad range of subjects including cell architecture, protein function, DNA replication and repair, oncogenic viruses, and the adaptive immune system for students wishing to explore topics in greater depth and to encourage further study
  • Describes the methods used in diagnosis - X-ray, tomography, MRI, and PET - and the approaches to treatment - surgery, chemotherapy, and activation of immune checkpoints - making clear the advances and limitations of medical technology
  • Offers personal narratives of people affected by cancer, following them through the stages of their diagnosis and treatment to show the human faces of cancer
  • Side questions in the margins throughout the book encourage students to think about what they are learning along the way, with answers provided at the end of the book while "Thought questions" inspire a deeper level of analysis and concept synthesis, with answers provided only to instructors
  • Concludes with a glossary of important terms, particularly helpful for those new to scientific study

About the Author:

    J. Richard McIntosh is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He taught freshman biology for 20 years, cancer biology for 9, and graduate cell biology for 45. His research has focused on mitosis, earning him an American Cancer Society Research Professorship and election to the National Academy of Sciences, USA.


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