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March 27, 1996

Clinical Oncology

Author Affiliations

Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge, Ill

JAMA. 1996;275(12):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530360063043

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At latest count there are five major textbooks of clinical oncology and cancer medicine. The newest addition is Clinical Oncology, edited by Drs Abeloff, Armitage, Lichter, and Niederhuber. In reviewing Clinical Oncology, my intent is not to compare this text with the others, but rather to discuss its unique strengths and weaknesses. The editors recognized that this text would need to serve a diverse readership and provide comprehensive information in a usable format. They are to be congratulated in achieving these aims. Clinical Oncology is exceedingly well written, well organized, easy to read, and usable.

Clinical Oncology is divided into four parts: "Science of Oncology," "Problems Common to Cancer and Its Therapy," "Management of Specific Malignancies," and "Rehabilitation of the Cancer Patient."

Part 1 has more than 350 pages devoted to the cellular and molecular biology of the cancer cell, the etiologic causes of cancer, principles of diagnosis and therapy,