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December 1985

Cutaneous Melanoma

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(12):1559. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660120083028

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Melanoma does not respect the boundaries of any medical or surgical specialty. In recent years, physicians with a major interest in melanoma have worked together to attempt to determine the most effective ways to diagnose and treat this neoplasm. The importance of recognizing and removing thin melanomas with appropriate surgery is but one example of the progress in patient management that a multidisciplinary approach has achieved. Editors Balch and Milton and associate editors Shaw and Soong have masterfully put together a monograph that concentrates on the surgical treatment of melanoma, but that is really quite comprehensive in its scope. Although several other recent monographs have addressed the clinical and histologic aspects of cutaneous melanoma in greater detail than Cutaneous Melanoma does, this book excels in the comprehensive and open discussions of the more controversial areas of patient management such as size of margins needed for adequate local excision and the

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