The Living State - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126809602, 9780323161091

The Living State

1st Edition

With Observations on Cancer

Authors: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
eBook ISBN: 9780323161091
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1972
Page Count: 124
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Description

The Living State: With Observations on Cancer explores some facets of life, including its pattern and structure, cellular mechanisms, and its connection with biochemistry and biophysics. It reflects the author’s journey in his desire to understand life by looking at cells, animals, bacteria, molecules, and electrons, as well as his observations on cancer. Organized into eight chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the scientific community's longstanding pursuit to understand life and its origins. It then discusses water as an essential medium of organic matter on which life's machinery is built, along with the motion of muscle; biological stability and the paradox of evolution; the energetics of the biosphere based on the interaction of hydrogen and oxygen; the principles of defense against cellular damage; and how defense is linked to the regulation of growth in plants and animals. The reader is also introduced to growth regulation as a defense mechanism, which corrects mechanical injury in animals; the way that ketone aldehydes inhibit cell division; the theory of cancer; and cancer therapy. Biologists, chemists, and physicists will find this book an interesting read.

Table of Contents


Preface

I. Introduction

Text

References

II. Water, the Hub of Life

Text

References

III. Motion and Muscle

Text

References

IV. Biological Stability and the Evolutionary Paradox

Text

References

V. Cellular Archeology and Bioenergetics

1. The Fuel of Life

2. The H Pool

3. Biological Relations

References

VI. Vegetable Defense Systems

1. Principles of Defense

2. Plants and Animals

3. Defense and Regulation

4. The Polyphenol Oxidase System

5. The Peroxidase System

6. Remarks on Human Health

References

VII. Animal Defense Mechanisms

1. General Remarks

2. Retine

3. Ketone Aldehydes

4. Inhibition of Cell Division by Ketone Aldehydes

5. Ketone Aldehyde Complexes

6. A Theory of Regulation

7. Failures and Red Herrings

References

VIII. Observations on Cancer

1. General Remarks

2. The Theory of Cancer

3. On Cancer Therapy

References




Details

No. of pages:
124
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1972
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780323161091

About the Author

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi