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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: A volume in the Topics in Bone Biology series, this book covers the basic science and translational and clinical aspects of bone cancer and bone tumors.
Purpose: The authors proudly note in the preface that this volume is the outcome of a collaboration of clinicians from several specialties and scientists of diverse orientation and illustrates the importance of a multispecialty, multidisciplinary approach to bone cancer. The ultimate goal is to bring the current knowledge together in one book while recognizing that the future direction of treatment for bone cancer lies in a multidisciplinary approach. These are worthy objectives and essential to the future of cancer treatment.
Audience: The target audience is clearly an elite group of clinicians and scientists who are focused on understanding future innovations in the treatment of bone related cancers. Residents in training will find the book deeply scientific and an intense read of the basic science and concepts of bone cancer. It is probably more in depth than the average orthopedic surgeon would need for a cursory review of bone cancer, but it would be a great addition to the lab that is studying bone cancers or for the clinician who is actively treating patients with bone cancer.
Features: The 16 chapters focus on unique aspects of bone cancer ranging from genetics, detection, and mechanism of metastasis to molecular imaging and assessment of what is going on in the microenvironment of bone cancer. Each chapter is accompanied by an extensive and valuable list of references that readers can delve into more deeply if they wish to study a topic in more depth.
Assessment: This excellent book brings together basic science and key clinical issues with some of the best experts of the field of bone cancers. It will be a welcome read for specialists in the field. As great as it is in its targeted focus on a complicated subject, the average orthopedist will find in deeper scientifically than is necessary for a general orthopedic practice. It clearly is targeted at specialists or scientists in the field.