by Stephen A. Rapaport, 478 pp, $12.95, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall Inc, 1978.
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Rapaport provides a wealth of useful information with which the patient with cancer and his/her family can "strike back at cancer." He reviews and briefly explains specific types of cancer and their current treatment methods, including surgery, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, hyperthermia, and laetrile. In addition to basic facts about the disease, he includes a comprehensive account of the following organizations and individuals presently involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of the patient with cancer: the National Cancer Institute, its programs, centers, and accomplishments; professional organizations and their respective endeavors; and rehabilitation organizations, such as the Leukemia Society of America, the United Ostomy Association, the International Association of Laryngectomees, and the American Cancer Society. Individual cancer specialists are listed geographically and alphabetically in an extensive international directory.
Rapaport's theme is a common one: the most effective defense against an enemy is knowledge. In providing straightforward information, his text indeed serves
JORDAN C. Strike Back at Cancer. Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(4):231. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790160065019
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