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Clinical Oncology

Walter G. Gunn, MD
JAMA. 1978;239(4):355. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280310087031.
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Some thirty-five contributors—more than half of them from Albany Medical College and Washington University— have participated in this survey of clinical cancer, which is, on the whole, comprehensive and up to date. Unfortunately, each contributor has evidently had to work within limited space constraints, in many cases leading to abrupt compression of topics. On the other hand, a completely exhaustive treatment of all subjects addressed would have required a multivolume treatise.

The editors recognize the need for a modern multidisciplinary approach to treatment and indicate that this text is written for medical students, interns, and residents. The problem, however, with textbooks dealing in large part with cancer treatment is their early obsolescence due to changes in a field as rapidly developing as is cancer therapy. Consequently, most full-time cancer workers keep up to date using journals and monographs. Textbooks in cancer, therefore, have a short vogue unless written from a


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