edited by Alfred M. Cohen and Sidney J. Winawer, 1154 pp, with illus, $125, ISBN 0-07-011601-6, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1995.
This is a comprehensive textbook on carcinoma of the colon, rectum, and anus comprising 109 chapters by 140 authors. The list of contributors is a veritable Who's Who in the field today. Many of the chapters begin with paragraphs on "Highlights," "Controversies," and "Future Directions," which focus the reader on important issues contained therein. I found these introductions timely, provocative, and extremely useful.
The editors' stated purpose is to provide "a timely critical analysis of our knowledge concerning the biology, diagnosis, and therapy of cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus." When one divides 1117 text pages among 109 chapters, one realizes that each chapter is fairly short. Indeed, the brevity of the chapters increases the utility of this well-done reference. Each makes an excellent starting point for understanding the many complex facets of these diseases and has excellent references. The index is useful and complete. The editors have met
Lefor AT. Cancer of the Colon, Rectum, and Anus. JAMA. 1995;273(18):1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520420079044