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August 22, 1977

Management of the Patient With Cancer

Author Affiliations

University of Southern California School of Medicine Los Angeles

JAMA. 1977;238(8):896. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280090060029

This comprehensive book contains 40 chapters written by 71 authors, including four radiotherapists and nine professors of medicine. Since it is edited by a surgical oncologist, the overall presentation and orientation emphasize surgical approaches, but the information is useful for clinicians of all disciplines.

The purpose of this book, as stated in the preface of its first edition, is to make available to general physicians and surgeons the essential information important for management of cancer of all sites. This new edition certainly has updated and fulfilled its original promise. The first six chapters contain general considerations, the other 34 chapters cover cancers of specific organ sites and systems. Important information about epidemiology, pathology, clinical manifestations, differential diagnosis, treatment modality, and natural history is presented.

In this second edition, 11 years after the original publication, 40% of the material is claimed to be new. The editor makes it clear that "no