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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James G Douglas, MD, MS (Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County)
Description: The previous editions of this comprehensive textbook of radiation oncology have been considered among the definitive resources for practicing and in-training radiation oncologists. It focuses on the scientific principles and specifics of treatment modalities and techniques, as well as disease sites commonly treated by radiation oncologists. Each section in this third edition has been enhanced and expanded with new topics and new chapters.
Purpose: This edition fulfills its goal of serving as a comprehensive textbook of radiation oncology.
Audience: The book targets the radiation community as a whole. It is appropriate not only for students and residents in the specialty, but also for academic and community radiation oncologists. Leaders in the field spearhead each chapter, presenting pertinent, evidence-based guidance on each topic as well as expert opinion on controversial issues. The authors, experts in the field, have assembled an excellent cadre of associate editors and writers.
Features: Although wide-ranging in its topics, this book remains focused, concise, and unambiguous. It is broken down into three main sections: scientific foundations of the specialty including radiobiology and physics; techniques and modalities; and disease sites. Chapters in each section incorporate full-color graphs, figures, diagrams, and pictures that skillfully illustrate key concepts. Each chapter has a clear outline for easy reference. It not only addresses the most up-to-date, evidence-based techniques and modalities, but also points out the future direction the field is taking, important in this rapidly evolving specialty.
Assessment: This updated third edition is one of the definitive books in the field of radiation oncology and should be a part of all radiation oncologists' reference libraries. It incorporates the pertinent scientific principles, technical aspects of treatment planning, and details of the diseases germane to the field of radiation oncology.