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January 6, 1989

Lung Cancer: A Comprehensive Treatise

JAMA. 1989;261(1):123. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420010135052

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Lung Cancer:  A Comprehensive Treatise is a well-defined and -organized although at times wordy monograph on the subject. The impetus to develop this publication came from the four editors, who are members of the chest oncology group at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to those four editors, 27 chapters, 39 contributors, and 452 pages constitute this publication, all of which seem excessive.The treatise is divided into four major divisions: "Basic Principles" (of cancer diagnosis and treatment), "Non—Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Small Cell Lung Cancer," and "Supportive Care."The areas where the subject matter appears the least disciplined and restricted are in the chapters on "Basic Principles." Information is presented that may not have much application to the specific understanding of lung cancer and its diagnosis and treatment. However, such subjects, which include a two-page chapter on the multimodality approach; a chapter each on pathology and biology