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July 16, 1982

The Practice of Cancer Surgery

JAMA. 1982;248(3):373. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030071041

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In the past decade, and especially within the last five years, as interest has increased in malignant diseases, many books have appeared that have attempted to guide the overall treatment of cancer. Most are large and encompass vast amounts of material, but are not designed as guides for the practicing surgeon. The surgeon confronted with a patient in whom an oncological diagnosis is suspected or established needs to have a basic knowledge and background in this area to afford the patient the maximum chance of success. Successful treatment not only requires basic technical skill, but appropriate judgment in the application of surgical therapy as well as appropriate alternatives at each stage of the disease.

The Practice of Cancer Surgery by Antonio Alfonso and Bernard Gardner has been written with this goal in mind. The book emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach and discusses the type of surgical therapy at different stages of