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March 5, 1982

Gynecologic Oncology

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1982;247(9):1349-1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320340095059

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This 487-page book contains 19 chapters about the treatment of cancer of the female genital tract. Each chapter is preceded by a brief introduction and contains two (occasionally one or three) "perspectives" or articles on the topic under discussion. The editor's introduction and the first chapter by John L. Lewis deal at length with the emergence of the specialty of gynecologic oncology and the role of the gynecologic oncologist. Two chapters cover cancer of the vulva, three cancer of the cervix, two cancer of the endometrium, five cancer of the ovary, and one gestational trophoblastic disease. Other chapters are "The Effects of DES," "The Statistical Evaluation of Clinical Trials in Cancer: Use and Misuse," "Tumor Immunology," "Ovarian Conservation in Patients Undergoing Pelvic Irradiation," and "The Gynecologic Oncology Nurse."

There is much useful information in this book, and the references are adequate and up to date. However, it suffers from repetitiveness,