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May 2, 1959

Tumors of the Lungs and Mediastinum

JAMA. 1959;170(1):133. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010010135027

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This book, although not all-inclusive, presents most of the important data pertaining to tumors of the lungs and mediastinum. Much of this material is controversial, and the author has attempted to present the various theories clearly in an unbiased manner. Most of this study deals with bronchogenic cancer. An attempt was made to study, whenever possible, the incipient stages of this disease. This was done by obtaining records of previous hospital admissions and of private physicians who had treated the patients at an earlier period. This is no mean task. The second section is devoted to a study of tumors and cysts of the mediastinum. The frequency of these conditions is stressed as is the differential diagnosis between primary and metastatic lesions. Chapter 17, which discusses tumors of the thymus gland and thymic cysts, is especially good. The book is well illustrated with roentgenograms, photographs, line drawings, and photomicrographs. Bibliographic

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