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September 1991

Neuro-Oncology: Primary Malignant Brain Tumors

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London, Ontario

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(9):898-899. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530210024009

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Thomas and 24 contributors set out to write a thorough, authoritative, contemporary text on primary malignant brain tumors for postgraduate clinicians and basic scientists interested in neuro-oncology. By and large, they have succeeded. The book is certainly thorough, containing chapters on clinical manifestations, epidemiology, imaging, pathology, treatment, relevant basic sciences, and terminal care of patients with brain tumor. The chapter by Thomas and McKeran, "Clinical Manifestations of Brain Tumors," is appropriate for students but seems out of place in a book intended for a neurologically sophisticated audience. The chapter on biological response modifiers is too long and needs a discussion of adrenocorticosteroid therapy for patients with brain tumor. The book is authoritative with contributions by many leading investigators, including an outstanding chapter on "Radiotherapy in the Treatment of Cerebral Astrocytomas" by Leibel and Sheline. The book is not entirely up-to-date, but this, of course, is the Achilles' heel of any

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