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September 1997

Primary Tumors of the Brain and Spinal Cord

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1997;54(9):1067-1068. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550210009006

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Primary central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms are relatively un-common tumors, representing less than 2% of all malignancies. They are proportionally more common in patients at both age extremes. Approximately 1 of 5 tumors in children is intracranial, and the overall highest incidence of CNS neoplasms is in the seventh decade of life with an average annual incidence of 40 per 100 000 population. Although there are numerous volumes focusing on CNS neoplasms, the majority are specialized textbooks dealing with specific aspects such as clinical, diagnostic, or therapeutic issues. The recently edited book titled Primary Tumors of the Brain and Spinal Cord is a short, integrated, interdisciplinary text, written by an array of experienced neurospecialists, and addressed to primary care physicians of patients with CNS tumors. After an introductory historical chapter, the following 2 chapters focus on general diagnosis and therapy of CNS neoplasms. Subsequently, chapters 4 to 10 encompass brief

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