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March 4, 1983

Cancer Therapy

JAMA. 1983;249(9):1203-1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330081050

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An oncologist can hardly open his mail these days without receiving another publisher's notice of the latest oncology textbook, chemotherapy handbook, or cancer-related monograph. Recently published textbooks of medical oncology now outnumber textbooks of medicine by at least 2:1. A library to suit almost any orientation or degree of interest could be assembled from this growing list of titles.

If one had to be content with a single volume, however, a sensible choice would be Cancer Therapy, edited by Fischer and Marsh. They modestly declare that their book is not meant to be a definitive treatise, giving this distinction to the encyclopedic (not to say elephantine) Holland and Frei book, Cancer Medicine (2,465 pages, 8 3/4 lb), or the DeVita and Hellman book, Principles and Practice of Oncology (1,926 pages, 11 lb).

Although smaller in scale, Cancer Therapy achieves a commendable degree of success as a concise yet detailed and