February 1974

Ovarian Tumors (Major Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology)

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Rochester, Minn


ed 1. By Nikolas A Janovski, MD, TL Paramanandhan, MD. Price, $19.50. Pp 245, with 198 illustrations. WB Saunders Co, West Washington Square, Philadelphia 19105, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):253-254. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260105041

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This volume of approximately 200 pages is a summarization of tumors and tumor-like conditions of the uterine adnexa. An attempt has been made by the authors to classify and describe briefly all such masses from the more common to the single case reports in the literature. Such an encyclopedic work, by necessity, cannot concentrate on any particular growth and is indeed limited to selected illustrations and short descriptions of each of the tabulated masses. There is minimal consideration of treatment, aside from rather generalized recommendations early in the book. The treatment advice, even with its later modifications, could be considered controversial by its stressing the use of external abdominal and pelvic irradiation and protracted chemotherapy. Fortunately, a table more clearly outlines the authors' recommended treatment based on the stage of the malignancy at surgery.

The reviewer applauds the advice that all genital malignancies be staged, as proposed by the International

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