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January 22, 1992

Comprehensive Textbook of Oncology

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Highland Park, Ill

JAMA. 1992;267(4):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480040133052

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Just when we thought it was safe to visit the medical book store again, a second edition of Moossa's Textbook of Oncology appears. It is a handsomely bound two-volume text printed on high-quality paper.

From the introduction, its goal appears to be the presentation of a comprehensive review of oncology and its related fields. Such an undertaking is a formidable task. It is as difficult as developing a suit of clothing in which one size will fit all comers.

The book is sensibly and logically organized. It presents an overview of cell biology, evaluation of the patient with cancer, and concepts of cancer therapy. In a fourth part, approaches to specific neoplasms are addressed.

I found the inclusion of an appendix devoted solely to tumor staging systems useful and unique. In addition to providing the usual numbered references in the text, many of the chapters include additional selective readings. However,