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Dr Abeloff and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have written an up-to-date, informative text on the management of complications from cancer. Their aim, to "help remove care of the cancer patient from the realm of the occult," has been accomplished. The entire gamut of cancer-related complications is succinctly covered in the 15 chapters of this text. The chapters on infectious complications, ectopic hormones, bone and mineral metabolism, and the late effects of cancer are written by experts in the field, and the references are current.
I certainly think that any primary care physician, internist, or generalist, as well as house officers who are involved with the day-to-day care of cancer patients, will find this text informative and a valuable reference source. The first chapter, written by Dr Abeloff, deals with effective patient communication. The tradition at Johns Hopkins University has always emphasized the importance of being
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