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Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis.

Richard H. Meyers, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(6):1006. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320060154042.
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Dropping a name like Wintrobe, Cecil, Harrison, or Schiff on rounds would immediately identify a specific text to the general internist. Perhaps not as well known to the clinician are Ackerman and del Regato, but to the clinical oncologist these names have long been associated with the tome on tumors. These authors, "old timers" to the field, have their text adorning many a book shelf. As with previous editions, this one tells the ways of cancer and the influence for good or bad that man has had upon these malignancies.

Devoted to general topics, the first five chapters include Shimpkin speaking to "Cancer Research" and Butcher elaborating on the "Surgery of Cancer." The remainder of the text is the responsibility of Ackerman and del Regato. Although there is a most inclusive discussion of the "Radiotherapy of Cancer," I sorely missed one devoted to the "Chemotherapy of Cancer."

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