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October 1, 1982

Clinical Interpretation and Practice of Cancer Chemotherapy

JAMA. 1982;248(13):1645. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330130093042

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During the past several months there have been several excellent books published on oncology. This latest volume is nonetheless a welcome addition to those that have preceded it. Clinical Interpretations and Practice of Cancer Chemotherapy limits its approach to the drugrelated aspects of the treatment of cancer.

Dr Greenspan's presence is strongly felt, as he authored or coauthored seven of the 31 chapters that make up the text. His approach emphasizes past clinical experience backed by a scientific background in explaining therapeutic decisions. At times one feels that one is standing at the bedside with Greenspan deliberating over a patient's treatment. The other authors are well known in their fields and perform their tasks admirably.

Following Greenspan's historical introduction on cancer chemotherapy, chapters dealing with the basis of polychemotherapy, the molecular biology of the anticancer agents, the mathematical interpretation of tumor growth kinetics, the basis for adjuvant chemotherapy, and the