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April 1985

Supportive Care in Cancer Therapy

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New Orleans

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(4):623. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360040041005

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Abstract

This text is part of a series entitled Cancer Treatment and Research, edited by William McGuire, MD, whose purpose is "... to establish a critical mass of oncology literature covering virtually all oncology topics, revised frequently to keep the coverage up-to-date... " The question is, how well does this volume on supportive care live up to the purpose of the overall series?

Despite a few rather significant problems, the book has several saving graces that salvage it and make it a useful text to the practicing oncologist. The main strength of the book is that it places in one volume a series of somewhat diverse topics that are linked only in that they are necessary for the total care or "support care" of the cancer patient. By doing that, it introduces topics that are often not familiar to the medical oncologist or general internist. One of the best examples of

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