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February 7, 1966

Management of the Patient with Cancer

JAMA. 1966;195(6):501. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100060141052

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It would be difficult to arrange a more distinguished group of essayists. And from the literary, scientific, and professional viewpoints, almost each chapter is interesting and precise, reflecting, without discernible error, our current knowledge about cancer in man.

This reviewer can have no quarrel with the contents of this volume, but he does question the intent, sincere as it surely is. The Foreword and Preface both indicate that the book is aimed, like an openchoke shotgun, at an audience of general practitioners, internists, and general surgeons, yet it is hard to see how any one specialty could be satisfied in the minutiae and immediacy of its own problems. To recommend this book to the generalist, as suggested in the Foreword, because it has an authoritative nine-page chapter on cancer of the parathyroids seems out of focus. The detailed exposition on radiotherapy—another case in point—is not enough for the trainee in

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