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May 1971

Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, & Prognosis

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Rochester, Minn

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(5):571-572. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000170105040

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This time-honored reference text, now in its fourth edition, has been a long-time favorite of mine, and is one that I have recommended through the years to medical students, house staff, and cancer trainees. The current edition follows closely the format of the third edition. The first five chapters deal with broad subjects of general interest. Following custom, Dr. Michael B. Shimkin has again ably written the chapter on "Cancer Research," and Dr. Harvey R. Butcher, Jr., has authored the chapter on "Surgery of Cancer." Dr. Butcher's chapter (5 pages) is the shortest chapter in the book, and the brevity with which this important subject is handled is accentuated by the relatively lengthy chapter which follows on "Radiotherapy of Cancer" (46 pages). A major weakness, in my estimation, is the omission of a chapter on the chemotherapy of cancer.

The remaining chapters are organized according to organ systems, and the

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