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February 17, 1975

Modern Radiotherapy and Oncology: Central Nervous System Tumours

Author Affiliations

State University of New York School of Medicine Stony Brook

JAMA. 1975;231(7):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240190069029

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This collection of chapters on the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of central nervous system (CNS) tumors is directed toward a team approach in the radiotherapeutic management of some of the complicated problems that these patients have. Each section is written with the expertise of long experience. However, the volume itself has the disadvantage of discontinuity, almost inevitable in most works by multiple authors. This is offset in great measure by the precise condensation of information and the concise summarization of today's radiation therapeutic method and some of the results.

A brief overview of the diagnosis of CNS tumors includes radiologic, radionuclide, ultrasound, and electroencephalographic methods. Computerized axial tomography is mentioned briefly, undoubtedly reflecting the state of the art at the time the chapter on radiodiagnosis was written. The physiology and clinical implications of increased intracranial pressure are well considered. While there is no attempt to go into the details