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The purpose of the book as stated by Hodgson and Bloom is to give the reader an update of the recent developments of gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatobiliary cancer. They have succeeded in this goal. The first half of the book is designed to give both the novice and the expert an overview of the biology of the cancer cell and the basic science behind the concepts of bacteria and carcinogenesis, immunology and cancer, and the histopathogenesis of GI cancer. All of the beginning chapters are well written and understandable. Chapters on the biology of the cancer cell and the histopathogenesis of GI cancer are particularly useful as an overview and as a state-of-the-art update.
The second half of the book is designed to bridge basic science into clinical practice and this is particularly well done in the chapters on cancer screening and tumor markers. The chapters on chemotherapy and radiation