edited by Vincent T. DeVita, Jr, Samuel Hellman, and Steven A. Rosenberg, 4th ed, 2747+ pp, with illus, $195, ISBN 0-397-51214-7, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott, 1993.
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Does a simple universal, as yet undiscovered, curative agent or preventive for cancer exist—or, if not, can creative minds devise it? We don't know. So we we are thrust back to the laboratories, operating theaters, radiation rooms, clinics, and hospitals of the world, where the best current investigative, diagnostic, and treatment efforts are to be found.
Now, in the new fourth edition of "DeVita," one can find out the current state of the art and science in all of the above. The editors have made the vast multiauthored volume a nearly seamless whole by incorporating up-to-the-minute basic science with state-of-the-art treatment concepts and have balanced, insofar as possible, the emphasis on the various specific treatment modalities.
The text is one-third basic science, two-thirds clinical. Much of scientific writing in cancer is not easy reading, but the editors with multiple group sessions and intensive individual reviews have made individual authors compose
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