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February 19, 1992

American Cancer Society Textbook of Clinical Oncology

Author Affiliations

Billings, Mont


by Arthur I. Holleb, Diane J. Fink, and Gerald P. Murphy, 717 pp, with illus, $5, ISBN 0-944235-07-7, New York, NY, American Cancer Society, 1991.

JAMA. 1992;267(7):999. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480070115045

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) first sponsored and produced a text on clinical cancer care in 1967. For many years, and six editions, that volume, Clinical Oncology: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, was largely a product of the staff and faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. It was used in medical schools and graduate training and was meaty, concise, comprehensive, and hard to read, though virtually encyclopedic.

Now the ACS has brought out a successor textbook of clinical oncology, which is "a new, more comprehensive text for medical students and for physicians working in, or interested in, oncology." The rationale would appear to be the need to encompass the scientific underpinnings of clinical cancer care and to relate them to the actual care of patients. Thus, there is more emphasis on biological concepts and much more discussion of life-style factors and preventive measures, as well as long overdue consideration