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May 15, 1996

Brain Tumors: An Encyclopedic Approach

Author Affiliations

University of California, San Francisco

JAMA. 1996;275(19):1522. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530430066046

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In 1932, Harvey Cushing published the monograph Intracranial Tumors, which, in essence, described the entire knowledge of and treatment for the recognized tumors arising in the brain, meninges, or cranium. His monograph consumed 150 pages.

The 990-page volume under review addresses the same subjects, attesting to the tremendous advances made in the past 60 years, particularly the last 10. It is an encyclopedic work by authorities on the multidisciplinary approach to neoplasms of the brain, from the neoplastic potential in the developing brain to the care of patients dying from the fulfillment of such potential.

The book has two sections, on basic principles and specific brain tumors. The initial chapters deal with the basic science of the causation and maturation of tumors arising primarily from the glia but also from the meninges, vasculature, pineal gland, choroid plexus, and other sites. It is only natural that the main emphasis is on