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February 21, 1977

Malignant Bone Tumors

JAMA. 1977;237(8):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270350067030

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This book provides general discussions useful to those who want to learn details concerning bone tumors. The chapter by Sissons indicates the necessity of having diagnoses that are specific and reproducible enough that international, meaningful comparisons of incidence and treatment results can be made. Ackerman and Uehlinger have indicated the difficulties in assessing osseous lesions and the importance of correlating roentgenographic with histologic features.

The comparisons of human tumors of bone with those of other species are interesting and may prove valuable. The problems involved with experimental production of tumors are well outlined. It is doubtful that electron microscopic, cytologic, and cytochemical studies will attain general usefulness unless definite and reproducible criteria can be documented and disseminated. Immunologic studies related to these types of tumors are provided the reader.

Treatment of benign and malignant tumors is detailed in six chapters. Reliable data on results of treatment are not yet available.