Mediastinal Tumors: Update 1995by L. W. Brady, Douglas E. Wood, M.S. Allen, Charles R.Jr. Thomas, H.-P. Heilmann
This volume represents the premier work devoted solely to the complex myriad of mediastinal tumors. The contributors to the state-of-the-art text are clinical investigators of international renown. The diagnosis, natural history, and therapeutic strategies in respect of all mediastinal tumors are thoroughly addressed in a concise and logical manner. An emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of mediastinal tumors is thematic throughout the text. Moreover, the combined-modality treatment schemes that have been increasingly developed worldwide are analyzed. This textbook will prove of value to all general surgeons, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, and endocrinologists, as well as to nursing and medical students, residents and fellows-in training.
Description: Mediastinal tumor diagnosis and therapy are discussed by surgeons, chemotherapists and radiotherapists. This is a review of literature and not a guide to surgical technique.
Purpose: It is aimed at consolidating the literature and providing a concise guide and reference to state-of-the-art diagnosis and management of mediastinal tumors.
Audience: The intended audience is physicians in the various specialties who deal with mediastinal tumors.
Features: The illustrations are black-and-white photographs and line drawings. Given the rarity of the tumors discussed, the references are current enough and the table of contents and index are adequate. The book is slender, with 127 pages of text, and is laid out as a series of journal articles, each about five to seven pages.
Assessment: This up-to-date compendium of material relating to mediastinal tumors is not otherwise available, although there are sections of texts of thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology that contain much of the content of this book. However, none of the current texts presents the material in as much depth nor contains the comments of nonsurgical disciplines as does this book. There is overlap and repetition in some areas, such as a section on paragangliomas in a chapter on "Neurogenic Tumors..." following a chapter on "...Paragangliomas." The opening chapter provides an excellent overview, and the sections on chemotherapy and radiotherapy are more detailed than in more standard surgical texts.
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