August 1983

TNM Atlas

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edited by B. Spiessl, O. Scheibe, and G. Wagner, 229 pp, with illus, $14, Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1982.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(8):995. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390080095028

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Conceived from the frustration and confusion caused by a polyglot of clinical staging schemas, the TNM system has matured into a useful and workable concept. It suffers, however, from a major deficiency held in common with the various staging systems it sought to supplant, namely the plethora of T's and N's needed for each tumor or anatomic site. The TNM Atlas addresses the problem in a straightforward manner, combining a sparse, concise text with profuse line drawings and roentgenograms to illustrate use of the system in commonly encountered tumors. The Ann Arbor classification of Hodgkin's disease and an appendix on postsurgical histopathologic classification are added bonuses. The TNM Atlas was intended as a companion volume to the TNM Booklet (1978), but it stands well by itself as a succinct reference. Bibliophiles will not be attracted by its small size and paperback format, but physicians and health personnel concerned

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