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December 6, 1976

Wilms' Tumor

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1976;236(23):2674. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270240062037

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The editors have assembled a monograph reputed to be the first comprehensive review on Wilms' tumor. Fourteen chapters written by 15 experts are included. Most of the authors are from the United States, but two are from Great Britain, one from France, and one from Australia. The compendium deals not only with the clinical and radiological diagnosis, surgical management, and postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but also includes information about the historical background of the tumor, its pathology, and some information on biochemical and immunological studies as well as genetic and teratogenic aspects of Wilms' tumor. A fascinating chapter deals with "Wilms' Tumor in Domesticated and Experimental Animals and In Vitro." Additional information is given about bilateral Wilms' tumors and those referred to as "congenital."

As might be expected with varied authorship, there is considerable overlap and some repetition of the same facts. Each chapter ends with a short summary allowing