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November 19, 1982

Uncommon Malignant Tumors

JAMA. 1982;248(19):2527-2528. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330190073047

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In this compilation of 116 uncommon malignant neoplasms, Dr Antoniades has undertaken to provide "a more detailed, clearer understanding of all diseases involved" for the "maturing specialties of oncology." In this task, unfortunately, he has not succeeded.

The idea behind this book is an excellent one. The inclusion of pathological descriptions, clinical features, treatment programs, and up-to-date references on a wide variety of unusual cancers under one cover could be of tremendous usefulness to the oncologist. Ordinarily, when confronted with a patient with an uncommon malignant tumor, the oncologist must spend several hours with the Index Medicus to ferret out previous experience with the disease in question. Dr Antoniades' book raises hope of a shortcut. That hope, however, remains unfulfilled.

The book is divided into three sections: tumors of common histologies in unusual locations (eg, squamous cell carcinoma of the thyroid); tumors of uncommon histologies (eg, hemangiopericytoma, adenoid cystic carcinomas),