Recent Experimental and Clinical Data Concerning Antitumor and Cytotoxic Agents from Plants

  • G. A. Cordell
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Plants have been used in the treatment of cancer for over 3500 years (Hartwell, 1967), but it is only since 1959 that a concerted systematic effort has been made to screen crude plant extracts for their inhibitory activity against animal tumor systems. In this period, in-excess of 180,000 plant extracts from 2500 genera of plants have been screened by a program conducted under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute.


Antitumor Agent Sesquiterpene Lactone Total Synthesis Indole Alkaloid Antileukemic Activity 
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