by Gilbert H. Fletcher, ed 3; 959 pp, 512 illus, $56, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1980.
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Fletcher's textbook stands as a monument to the extensive clinical development of radiotherapy at M. D. Anderson Hospital, particularly in head and neck and gynecologic malignant disease. The chapter concerning the basic principles of radiotherapy by Withers and Peters is extensive and well written and covers many of the newer considerations such as hyperthermia, radiation and immunity, immunogenetics, and interaction between radiation and drugs. A well-written and useful chapter concerning dental care in irradiated patients will be welcomed by readers. The review of developments in head and neck radiotherapy is superb.
Similarly, an outstanding review is presented by Bouchard of CNS tumors. The thoroughness of Montague's review of breast cancer represents an important experience. A well-written review of lymphomatous disease by Million is as thorough as the pages allow, but one cannot help but feel that the authority of Kaplan would have made this text of finer vintage.
Order S. Textbook of Radiotherapy. JAMA. 1981;245(1):78-79. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310260056040