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Best books on oncology: a personal choice

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 16 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:211
  1. G Howard

    Oncology covers numerous different disciplines of interest to practising oncologists as well as those in other branches of medicine. For example, The Molecular Biology of Cancer will interest many “generalists,” whereas Physics and Radiation Planning is probably of relevance only to those training in, or practising, radiation oncology. Many books contain sections that would be useful to the generalist and other sections which are of interest only to specialists. The division into the following groups is therefore somewhat arbitrary.

    Books for the generalist

    * Clinical Oncology. J G Rees. (£12.95.) Castle House Publications, 1989. ISBN 0-8194-0133-X.

    ** Treatment of Cancer. 2nd edn. Ed K Sikora, K Halnan. (pounds sterling99.50.) Chapman and Hall, 1990. ISBN 0-412-29400-1.

    * Molecular Biology for Oncologists. Ed J Yarnold, M Stratton, T McMillan. (450 guilders.) Elsevier, 1993. ISBN 0-444-81507-4.

    Clinical Oncology is a very easily readable general introduction to this subject. It would be just as useful to a newly qualified doctor as to the interested medical student. The style is concise and it clearly discusses many of the issues that clinicians find mystifying when first faced with certain types of cancer and …

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