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May 18, 1970

Cancer of the Digestive Tract: Clinical Management

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati

JAMA. 1970;212(7):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170200082029

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This effective volume, written by surgeons, encompasses the presentday clinical understanding of cancer of the digestive tract, which, as the editors state in the preface, claims more victims (an estimated 98,300 in 1969) than cancer of any other system. The editors, both eminent authorities in the field of cancer, have called on various surgical experts to discuss carcinoma in particular segments of the gastrointestinal tract, from esophagus to anus, and including the pancreas, liver, and extrahepatic system. Dr. Cole contributed the chapter on carcinoma of the colon and Dr. Everson two chapters on carcinoma of the stomach and small intestine. An interesting chapter discusses carcinoids and the physiology of their chemical products. For sake of completeness, radiation therapy and chemotherapy receive nominal space at the end of the volume. For the practitioner this information would be more useful if woven into the discussions dealing with specific treatment of lesions.