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August 1, 1977

Cancer of the Skin: Biology, Diagnosis, Management

JAMA. 1977;238(5):428. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280050068030

This well-organized, monumental text stresses a multidisciplinary approach to skin cancer, with close collaboration among dermatologists, pathologists, surgeons, and radiotherapists. The book reflects more than 25 years' experience at the New York University Skin and Cancer Unit, where many patients are seen weekly in joint tumor conferences. Other viewpoints are also represented, however, as 56 of the 101 contributors live elsewhere in the United States and in many other countries.

The domain of skin cancer has long outgrown the familiar realms of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, which together comprise less than 15% of the book. Numerous varieties of skin cancer exist, potentially arising from any component of normal skin, including hair follicles, sweat glands, and cutaneous nerves and blood vessels. For those unfamiliar with the anatomy of normal skin, a well-illustrated 70-page chapter on normal skin histology is included.

The diversity of skin cancer presents in