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Cancer—The Facts

British Journal of Cancer
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BOOK REVIEWS 1011 contains a number of remarks that indicate sound practical experience, and a reassuring pragmatism that will be of considerable benefit to the inexperienced reader. Treat- ment is clearly related to the patient and the staging of the disease is allowed to play only a secondary part in the decision making. The management sections also contain interesting comments on post-treatment complications and their matnaagement, something rarely encountered, but again of enormous use to the less experienced reader. Inevitably there are weaknesses in the book. The literature quoted has a strong North American bias, at some points the wording is loose, e.q. "intensitv of radiation diminishes rapidly with distance" when the same number of words could have clarified the point successfully. There are a number of printing errors that should have been avoided by editing, some of which change the sense of the argument completely. The "decision trees" in the text really contribute nothing, in view of the clarity of the text itself, and the crossing of lines makes them visually confusing. In spite of these limitations, the strengths of the management sections are such that this should be an important text for anybody embarking on a training in gynaecological malignancies. R. HUNTER Cancer-The Facts. SIR RONALD BODLEY SCOTT (1979). Oxford Medical Publications. 208 pp. £4.50. There must be very few people, whatever their professional background, who would not find something to learn in this excellent small book. Although it is aimed at the general reader and makes virtually no assumptions of medical knowledge on the reader's part, it manages to provide an informed and bal- anced account, not only of general problems relating to cancer, but also of cancer at most important individual sites. The book ranges very widely, embracing clinical diagnosis and treatment, carcino- genesis, the general epidemiology of cancer and the problems that are raised by concerted attempts to prevent cancer or diagn

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