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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book offers a comprehensive review of anticancer effects of natural and dietary substances. The book also contains descriptions of cancer cell development, immune system functioning and the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as the grounding for natural approaches to cancer treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a comprehensive review of basic principles of cancer and natural medicine, the latter from the TCM point of view.
Audience: The book is for practitioners, both oncologists and nononcologists, who seek understanding of the principles and pros and cons of natural agents found through cancer research.
Features: Each chapter is well outlined. Much of the material is presented in useful tables, graphs, and charts. The references are thorough and current. Twelve appendixes provide additional useful material.
Assessment: This well-researched work is an excellent reference for the potential use of natural remedies in cancer treatment. Comprehensive research on the anticancer properties of natural substances is presented. As well as a thorough description of cancer development and the role of the immune system in this disease and its treatment, the book contains a good overview of the philosophy of TCM. Useful appendixes include lists of Chinese herbs and their categories, cancer incidence and survival data, and antitumor effects of herbal products. The book is well researched, well organized, and well written.