, vols 1 & 2, edited by James F. Holland, Robert C. Bast, Jr, Donald L. Morton, Emil Frei, II, Donald W. Kufe, and Ralph R. Weichselbaum, 4th ed, 3386 pp, with illus, $229, ISBN 0-683-04095-2, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1997.
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Textbooks in any field are by definition authoritative and represent a standard in a subject area. In addition, medical textbooks have to serve a diverse readership—from students to practicing, experienced physicians. Editors of clinical oncology texts have the additional burden of attempting to provide a standard in an area that changes and evolves almost yearly, lest these texts become outdated at the time of publication. The editors of the fourth edition of Cancer Medicine offer a textbook that, like clinical oncology itself, has evolved since the first edition. Cancer Medicine is an excellent text, authoritative and well organized, with 324 contributors.
The first of three sections provides chapters on cancer biology, tumor immunology, and etiology, including practice of clinical trials, prevention, and screening and early detection, and a new chapter on carcinogenesis from low-frequency electromagnetic fields.
The second section covers the principles of cancer therapy and includes two new
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