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December 4, 1972

Bone Tumors

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1972;222(10):1313. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210100061036

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This book, as the previous editions, is clearly written and the illustrations are generally good. Clinical and radiologic correlations with pathologic observations are stressed throughout, as one would expect, since Jaffe and Lichtenstein, more than any others, pioneered in this all-important approach to the understanding of bone tumors. The author stresses the limitations of needle biopsy as a diagnostic tool.

Some criticisms do not disparage the many good qualities of the book. The documentation of chondroblastic sarcoma is not clear enough to convince me that it is a recognizable entity. In the same chapter, atypical chondroblastomas and atypical chondromyxoid fibromas are described. Would it not be less confusing to have the discussions of these lesions in the chapters on chondroblastoma and chondromyxoid fibroma, respectively? Although the author is adamant about separating osteoid osteoma from the generally larger benign osteoblastomas, he illustrates two large or "giant" osteoid osteomas but does not