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Books, Journals, New Media
January 19, 2005


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(3):369-375. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.372

The sixth edition of Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine is a complete 2700-plus-page reference book on the biology, diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment of cancer, with contributions from about 340 authors. An easily accessible CD-ROM and a 178-page booklet covering each chapter with brief illustrative questions and concise answers are included.

In common with many of my colleagues, I have always had an updated version of a reference book like this in my office. There can be little doubt that the easily available, generally sufficient information presented in one complete textbook is hard to replace. There are other similar textbooks on cancer, such as DeVita’s Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology and Souhami’s Oxford Textbook of Oncology. They are of the same size and likewise written by multiple authors. I have great difficulty in giving preference to either this text or to DeVita’s. For some chapters or parts of chapters, I found one to be of higher quality, whereas for other parts, the other book attracted me more.

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