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March 18, 1961

Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases. Volume IV: Tumors of the Breast, Chest, and Esophagus

JAMA. 1961;175(11):1028. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040110092042

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This excellent volume follows the general format used in the earlier volumes of this series. It covers in detail various aspects of the surgical, roentgenological, hormonal, and chemotherapeutic management of patients with tumors of the breast, chest, and esophagus. The editors have written excellent survey chapters covering the general principles of treatment and the prognosis in cancer of the breast and lung. Beyond these two chapters, there is little editorial comment in the text.

When alternative methods of treatment are proposed, the editors have let each author present his own method, leaving it to the judgment of the reader to determine its relative merit. Thus, there are three chapters by different authors on various types of radical mastectomy. Similarly, the anterior and prone approach for pulmonary surgery and the right- and left-sided approach to the thoracic esophagus are discussed separately. Philosophical discussions, such as those involving the unresolved controversy over

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