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October 17, 1959

Cancer. Volume 5. Part IX: Radiotherapy

JAMA. 1959;171(7):1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010250177025

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The previous volumes which presented various aspects of the problem in an authoritative fashion are now followed by a fifth devoted to radiotherapy. Like its predecessors, this volume presents a concise review of the problems by a number of qualified authorities, mainly from England, but also from Ireland and Canada. It is astonishing how much useful information has been compressed into individual chapters which average only 15 pages. A short historical review of the problem is followed by seven chapters dealing with the technical aspects of, reactions to, and measures of protection against radiotherapy. The rest of the book discusses therapy as applied to different organs. Short reviews of clinical and pathological aspects of the various types of tumors are followed by discussions of techniques of treatment, results of and indications for radiation, and, in many instances, evaluations of the respective values of radiotherapy and surgery and contraindications to and

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