June 1968

Cancer Chemotherapy.

Author Affiliations

San Antonio, Tex


By Edward S. Greenwald, MD, FACP. Price, not given. Pp 215, with 1 figure and 4 tables. Medical Examination Publishing Co., Inc., 65-36 Fresh Meadow Lane, Flushing, NY 11365, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(6):575-576. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640060089024

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This paperbound book is described by the author as a reference manual but not a "cookbook" for the internist, surgeon, or general practitioner who has some formal training or supervised experience with cancer chemotherapy. It opens with a justification for its existence, followed by a short discussion of the proper place of chemotherapy in the overall treatment of the cancer patient. Before introducing the reader to a detailed discussion of specific drugs available to treat cancer, a short introduction to basic cell biology followed by the pharmacology of the general categories of chemotherapeutic agents is presented. Indications, dosage, mechanisms of action, pharmacology, adverse effects, precautions, toxicity, contraindications, and results that might be expected from each agent are reviewed with a generally adequate bibliography at the end of each chapter. Short chapters are devoted to hormone therapy and specific problems in toxicity. The final chapter reverses the process and mentions specific

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