Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 309–312 | Cite as

The contribution of Gianni Bonadonna to the history of chemotherapy

  • Domenico RibattiEmail author


The history of cancer chemotherapy and of the discipline of medical oncology has been that of drug discovery. The pioneering discoveries of the early days of chemotherapy have allowed the development of a paradigm for drug discovery that persists, with modifications to the present day. This review article summarizes the seminal work of the Italian scientist Gianni Bonadonna on the treatment of breast cancer and Hodgkin’s disease.


Breast cancer Chemotherapy History of medicine Hodgkin’s disease Tumor 



This study was supported by Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC, Regional Funds), Milan, the Ministry for the Universities and Research (FIRB 2001 and PRIN 2005), Rome and Fondazione Italiana per la Lotta al Neuroblastoma, Genoa, Italy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Anatomy and HistologyUniversity of Bari Medical SchoolBariItaly

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