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February 1977

Malignant Melanoma: Clinical and Histological Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


by Vincent J. McGovern, 178 pp, $22.50, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1976.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(2):229. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370020123022

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As an Australian, the author has had an unusually extensive experience with cutaneous neoplasms, since his countrymen (and women) bear the world's highest incidence. The combination of Celtic background and strong ultraviolet rays predispose to basal and squamous cell carcinomas and to malignant melanoma (in Queensland, 16 new cases of melanoma per 100,000 every year).

This book attempts to correlate histological appearance and clinical manifestations. There are excellent sections on the varieties of pigmented nevi and melanomas, and individual chapters on their spontaneous regression, recurrence, and metastases; prognostic features; and diagnosis by frozen section.

The material is concisely presented and well organized. Illustrations, particularly microscopical, are abundant, but unfortunately only in black and white. Because of the pathological correlates, the clinician will find this book instructive. Although there is little new here, it is well packaged.

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