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April 3, 1967

New Concepts in Gynecological Oncology

JAMA. 1967;200(1):86. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140144046

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In medical symposia the major end-products are books of collaborative authorship which are too often unevenly written and carelessly edited. This new publication on tumors of the female genital tract, edited by Lewis and his colleagues, is vastly superior to the average contribution of this type. Its chief merits are that its subject matter is well organized in logical, if overlapping, sequences and that it contains the seasoned opinions of many physicians highly experienced in this field. It should prove indispensable to anyone interested in the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of this specialty.

The average reader will be surprised that there is so little dissent among various authorities about major unsettled problems in gynecological oncology. All agree on the virtual infallibility of the cytological method of cancer detection and attribute the declining mortality from uterine neoplasms to the widespread use of this technique. The almost equally impressive decline in incidence