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An impressive new book on the staging of cancer, primarily via radiodiagnostic methods, has become available for clinicians who work with cancer patients.
Most multi-authored books of this type exhibit an uneven quality in writing style or content, and this volume is no exception. There are, however, many high points. I thought the chapter on lungs and mediastinum was superb: good writing, meaty content, excellent illustrations, extensive and up-to-date bibliography. Similarly, the chapters on Hodgkin disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma were well put together. The section on colon and rectum was satisfactory, though I was surprised to read "The large bowel is the most common site for the development, of a life-threatening malignancy in man" as its opening statement. Indeed, we are told elsewhere in the volume that deaths from primary cancer of the lung for men alone in 1972 totaled 55,600, while deaths from cancer of the colon from men
Gunn WG. Diagnosis and Staging of Cancer: A Radiologic Approach. JAMA. 1977;237(3):275. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270300079017
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