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From The CriticsReviewer: Jennifer I. MacGregor(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a summary of the Ninth International Conference on Carcinogenesis and Risk Assessment, "Etiology of Breast and Gynecologic Cancers." It offers a broad perspective of environmental and genetic factors that play a role in the induction of breast and gynecologic cancers and a discussion of laboratory and clinical investigations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information about important issues in the development of breast and gynecologic cancers. This is a worthy objective because the field is growing so rapidly and becoming so complex that an overview on the etiology of gynecologic cancers is a necessary resource. This book contains an excellent survey of the most pertinent topics in gynecologic cancer etiology, research, and treatment.
Audience: The audience targeted by this book consists of investigators and clinicians in the fields of oncology, epidemiology, and public health. This is appropriate because the book is comprised of 19 chapters from a number of contributors that are authorities these disciplines. In addition, this book provides a valuable learning tool for students entering this field.
Features: The quality and pertinence of the illustrations is good, although a larger quantity of illustrations would provide more dimensions to the book. The references are current and provide a good foundation for each chapter. The differences in the fonts and in the formats of the chapters is distracting. The overall appearance of the book is good, and it is well organized.
Assessment: Because there are so many different aspects of these diseases that need to be addressed, this book is a valuable resource in that it provides a detailed overview of various issues that can afford a broader understanding of this subject to the reader. This excellent book would be best received in a library or if purchased by an individual.