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June 19, 1967

Renal Carcinoma

JAMA. 1967;200(12):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120250169036

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I can best characterize Renal Carcinoma by separately considering its text, its illustrations, and its references. Before describing in words any of these parts, I shall cite some numbers. Of the book's 258 pages (index excluded), the text takes up 34% of the space, the references 12%, and the illustrations 54%. These figures reveal what kind of book this is—a richly illustrated, carefully documented monograph.

Now, a few words about the writing. In their preface, the authors, a pathologist at Kings County Hospital in Seattle and a surgeon at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, Calif, say that "personal frustration" over finding reliable information on kidney carcinoma moved them to write. To ease this frustration, they reviewed pathological material at their institutions, scoured the literature, grouped their siftings in tables, and set down what they learned from others.

I say "others" because the authors never really come to grips with their