by Phillip S. Schein (Clinical Decision-Making Series, B. Eiseman, ed), 248 pp, with illus, $51.50, Philadelphia, Pa, BC Decker Inc, 1989.
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Decision-Making in Oncology is a unique textbook unlike any oncology text currently in publication. It is not a comprehensive textbook of oncology, and the editor makes no such claims. The aim of the text is "to provide practical guidance to the physician who is faced with the task of choosing an appropriate treatment program."
In pursuit of this aim, each chapter provides in an easily followed diagrammatic format, a series of algorithms or branching decision trees based on the acquisition of clinical data. These algorithms are the major strength of this text. They help the reader visualize the impact of clinical information on the decision-making process and how it ultimately impacts on overall therapy.
The accompanying text of the individual chapters is easy to read, clear, concise, and up-to-date. With the recognition that this book is a supplement to any standard oncology text, I believe that it would be a
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