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Book and New Media Reviews
June 1999

Melanoma: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

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by Catherine M. Poole with DuPont Guerry IV, MD, 176 pp, with illus, $27.50 cloth, $14.00 paper, New Haven, Conn, Yale University Press, 1998.

Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(6):733. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-6-dbk0699

Melanoma: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment is a significant contribution to the lay literature on a cancer that kills nearly 7500 Americans each year. Author Catherine Poole aptly combines her skills as a health writer, her personal trials as a melanoma survivor, and formidable knowledge obtained from extensive research guided by DuPont Guerry IV.

Beginning with a gripping description of her detection of her own melanoma (while 5 months pregnant), Ms Poole captivates the reader and then leads her audience through a well-guided exploration and review of this type of cancer. More than 400,000 Americans living today have survived a diagnosis of melanoma. Many have similar accounts of the terrible moments when they noticed the "obvious change in a mole" or the fears they experienced when witnessing the alarmed reaction from their doctor.

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