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April 3, 1972

Benign and Malignant Tumors of the Urinary Bladder

Author Affiliations

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine Hines, Ill

JAMA. 1972;220(1):135. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200010115042

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When I first looked into this volume, its inexpensive binding and type-setting did not make me optimistic regarding the contents. However, these doubts were dispelled by a full reading of the text. This is a comprehensive study of distinct pedagogic value.

The foreword is perhaps the weakest aspect. The remaining six chapters get ever more informative as they cover the ground from pathology (Chap 2) through surgical treatment and chemotherapy (Chap 4 and 6, respectively). The final chapter, on etiology of bladder tumors, by J. M. Price, is a brilliant and perhaps definitive assembling of pertinent references. Bladder tumors, incidentally, are caused in many cases by environmental contamination, whether by dyes such as 2-napthylamine and benezidine or, in the case of animals, the bracken fern used as fodder. The "red water" disease of cattle is papillary carcinoma of the urinary bladder.

There are many interesting references, including the first bladder