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It has been said that in rapidly advancing fields of medicine, such as cancer treatment, textbooks lag so far behind research reports and current journals (which in turn may lag a year or more behind scientific presentations and conferences) that a text is essentially not much more than a long review article. That is true here, and the chapters are presented as such.
The text at hand offers a reasonably concise review of many of the tiny but not insignificant steps being taken in cancer treatment that help make up progress in clinical work. The introductory chapter has a thoughtful summary of where we are headed and a number of helpful tips to ease our passage there. A good and overdue chapter on accuracy in histopathology discusses methods of diagnosis in that sometimes arcane field. The tumor marker situation is outlined in a succinct 24-page chapter.
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