By Thomas J. Kinsella. American Lecture Series no. 527. 145 pp. $9.50. Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Ill, 1963
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Dr. Kinsella's worthwhile monograph reflects a long personal experience with thoracic neoplasms, and the illustrative case material has been well chosen from an abundant clinical experience. The author has written in a pleasing, informal style of a subject he knows well. It is unfortunate that, considered as a prose piece, this work is in need of further editing, as this need tends to divert the reader from the subject matter. W. H. Auden wrote, "There is one evil that concerns literature which should never be passed over in silence but be continually publicly attacked, and that is corruption of the language...."
The dust jacket alleges this monograph to be the "first and only atlas of chest tumors on the market today." This is somewhat misleading, as the Fasicles of Tumor Pathology published by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology still constitute the most authoritative source material on thoracic neoplasms. Unfortunately,
Kennedy JH. Tumors of the Chest.. JAMA. 1963;186(7):736. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710070138032