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September 6, 1985

Ackerman and del Regato's Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis

Author Affiliations

Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia

JAMA. 1985;254(9):1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360090119035

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The first edition of this classic text on cancer appeared in the late 1940s. In a field as rapidly changing as that of cancer, to have successive editions from the same source after 20 years would be remarkable. Here we have a work that has survived twice as long. Why?

Most texts on clinical cancer are either so general as to have little meaning for the physician who needs information on a specific problem or so detailed with recipes for treatment that they become little more than extended progress reports, obsolete almost from the time of printing. Ackerman and del Regato's original concept was to give the medical student, resident, and practitioner the background information to enable a coherent approach to the cancer patient or problem. They wrote the entire text themselves, selected excellent anatomical sketches, photographs, and microphotographs to illustrate main points, included complete and pertinent references, and prepared