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February 5, 1982

Medical Oncology

JAMA. 1982;247(5):688-689. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300084038

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Medicine is ever productive of debate, and, for the past two decades, oncology may have been medicine's most fertile source of controversy. This book explores questions arising from the constant revision of cancer therapies over recent years.

Topic headings deal with cancers of major organ systems. Within these headings, well-known proponents argue pros and cons of a variety of questions, some familiar (eg, the worth of adjuvant chemotherapy and of immunotherapy; whether surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or some combination constitutes the "best" management of a given disease) and some less so (eg, should breast cancer patients have routine preoperative bone scans). In some pieces, labeled personal perspectives, a single author may present both sides of a controversy and conclude with his assessment of the state of the particular question. An interesting short section examines various opinions as to the role of the medical oncologist.

On the whole, I found the