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Important Advances in Oncology: 1986

John M. Merrill, MD
JAMA. 1986;256(4):532-533. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380040106043.
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These editors must have been taskmasters. They must have held contributors and the publisher to a strict deadline, and the result is that relatively rare commodity—a timely, hardbound book, an "update text" that is truly new.

The volume is handsome enough, with a reasonable price, including even several elegant color plates where black-and-white photography would be useless because of subject matter (in the case of nevi) or less descriptive (in the schematic of chromosomal defects).

The text is divided into two parts— basic research and clinical progress— each comprising half the content. There is ample bridging in most chapters. Basic science chapters always note the impact on the clinical sphere, and the clinical chapters demand an awareness of the background science. Overall, the emphasis is clearly toward the clinical. A chapter in the basic research section on the role of dietary fiber in cancer prevention has a very "non-basic science"


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