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October 5, 1984

Handbook of Cancer Diagnosis and Staging: A Clinical Atlas

Author Affiliations

M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute Houston

JAMA. 1984;252(13):1770-1771. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350130076052

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Learning all about the diagnosis and staging of the many varieties of cancer is a great challenge to medical students and residents. Learning to do it in a cost-effective manner is even more difficult. No book could make this task simple, but this handbook gives the student an outline that will introduce the subject.

The text is based on the tumor, node, metastasis (TNM) system of the American Joint Committee on Cancer. The flow charts for each primary site of cancer present a simplified concept of how to approach each problem and solve it. The illustrations of roentgenograms are well chosen and show the abnormalities clearly. The diagrams of the various manifestations of cancer give a simple and easily comprehended concept of the pathology of these diseases.

This is not an adequate substitute for one of the comprehensive texts on oncology but it is a good introduction to the subject