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September 1959

Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(3):509-510. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270090163027

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This text, edited by John B. Field, M.D., was written by a group of twenty-eight physicians, all well versed in the areas wherein they wrote. The neoplastic entities are grouped logically for presentation in a manner which will be familiar to most readers. Four separate chapters are devoted to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, diagnosis, and medical care, and, additionally, there is a chapter on cancer in children.

The material is extremely well presented in an authoritative manner and is easy to read. The format of the book is good; the printing, clear, and the illustrations, ample and well selected. In criticism, there are errors in the bibliography and reference omissions after citation in the written text. It is disappointing that one chapter lists as references sixteen other textbooks.

Among the reasons for the book, as expressed in the editor's preface, is a statement: "... no text available to satisfy the student's need for

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