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March 22, 1985

Clinical Pediatric Oncology

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1985;253(12):1798-1799. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350360124036

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The third edition of this classic pediatric oncology text has 54 contributors and represents an up-to-date, state-of-the-art treatise. Many chapters have new authors. There has been a regrouping of material to accommodate the knowledge explosion within pediatric oncology. What were "mere dreams" in earlier editions are now standard therapeutic modalities, eg, bone marrow transplantation for acute nonlymphocytic leukemia. A comprehensive discussion of the general principles of pediatric oncology occupies slightly under one half of the text, the remainder being chapters on specific pediatric malignancies.

The book presents the compelling arguments for a "pediatric" pathologist being part of the oncology team and being involved in the preoperative workup in order to ensure that appropriate specimens receive processing and distribution to the other specialized laboratories—tissue culture and genetics, as well as histopathology. The more we have learned and have studied individual patient variability to therapy, the more evident is the need for