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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol Scott-Conner, MD, PhD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: The inclusion of 5 to10 questions at the end of each chapter is a unique feature of this third edition of a comprehensive book on malignant liver tumors. The first edition debuted in 1999 and the second edition in 2003; given the rapid developments in this field, a new edition is clearly warranted.
Purpose: The primary purpose remains to "provide timely information and guidelines for the management of this difficult population of patients." Secondary objectives include "providing a comprehensive and critical approach to current and established therapeutic modalities, while critically evaluating promising new avenues." To this end, the senior editor has recruited new associate editors and added significant new material. The book amply fulfills its promise.
Audience: This book is written for practitioners in the field, subspecialists in all the areas covered, and those local practitioners (often oncologists) who care for these patients in conjunction with subspecialists at centers of excellence. The editors took to heart a critique from the New England Journal of Medicine and added an entire section on "Guidelines for Liver Tumor Treatment" that should help summarize available treatment options for nonspecialists.
Features: The book is divided into sections organized in a fairly standard format beginning with a brief introduction (including a nice chapter on anatomy) and passing rapidly through epidemiology and diagnosis into various treatment modalities. Each therapeutic modality is covered in detail and the results carefully presented. Color illustrations are used throughout. The new section is organized by diagnosis and is a true gem. The book concludes with special considerations. including various geographic populations and the economic aspects of liver surgery.
Assessment: This book is a worthy update. A significant amount of material has been added, including the new section. It definitely justifies replacing the old edition and will be a valuable resource for physicians of all disciplines involved in the care of these patients.