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The authors provide a succinct objective for this volume, an objective to meet a need widely desirable. The need is for a "brief practical book on the management of patients with cancer." They have not attempted to review all the issues exhaustively but have addressed their work to an audience of the "general physician, the general surgeon, or the postgraduate trainee in the various specialties." The book has to be reviewed on how well it has addressed the objective and the audiences.
As far as being a brief practical book on management, it does that rather well. The material is presented in 16 chapters three of which cover the general principles of nonsurgical treatment, ie, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy. Ten chapters cover cancers of major organ sites. Neoplasms of the CNS and leukemia are not covered. One chapter addresses the problems of the advanced cancer patient. That this chapter
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