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The first few issues of a new journal are always interesting for what they reveal about the growth of research and practice in the health sciences. The Oncologist produces original papers, reviews, and commentaries that address the multimodality diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This new journal has been designed specifically for the "busy practicing oncologist and hematologist entrusted with caring for cancer patients."
The pedigree of the editorial board also offers important clues as to how well a new journal will prosper and achieve its mission. As its subtitle indicates, The Oncologist aspires to be "the international peer-reviewed journal for the practicing oncologist/hematologist." Its founding editors, Drs Bruce Chabner, Gregory Curt, and H. M. Pinedo come from the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), the National Cancer Institute (Washington, DC), and the Free University Hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The executive editor, Martin Murphy, Jr, practices at the Hipple Cancer Research Center in
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