September 21, 1979

Human Malignant Melanoma

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois Chicago


(Clinical Oncology Monographs), Wallace H. Clark, Jr, Leonard I. Goldman, and Michael J. Mastrangelo, eds, 509 pp, with illus, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, $39.50, 1979.

JAMA. 1979;242(12):1297. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300120051030

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This book is an excellent statement of our current knowledge of melanoma, not only of the skin but the uveal tract as well. Melanoma is, next to lung cancer, the most proliferating carcinoma to afflict humans, so that this text comes at a propitious moment. It has excellent scope and clarity. The authors and contributors are not equivocal in their opinions. As a result, we are treated to an optimistic and didactic approach to the subject ("Using our present knowledge of primary melanoma and presently available forms of therapy, we should reduce the mortality rate of melanoma to less than 10 percent.")

The book starts with an overview of the melanin pigmentary system in man and goes on to discuss the usual lesional clinical progression, pathology, and epidemiology. In this first section, of particular interest is the classification of the different melanomas, including the acral lentiginous variety, the hereditary variant