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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ann Traynor, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the first edition of a review book that focuses on four aspects of the endocrinology of cancer: cancer growth regulation, the treatment of endocrine-dependent cancers, prevention of endocrine dependent tumors, and endocrine complications of cancer treatment.
Purpose: The series, Cancer: Clinical Science in Practice, is meant to contribute to the understanding and management of cancer by researchers and clinicians.
Audience: Its intended audience is clinicians and researchers with an interest in the application of biomedical science to cancer. This would presumably include medical fellows, postdoctoral students and graduate students in this field, and researchers and clinical oncologists. The authors are authoritative in the areas on which they have written.
Features: The book may be underillustrated. To present molecular endocrinology of varied endocrine systems to a broad audience is challenging because any one system will not be highly familiar to the majority of the readers. Generous use of diagrams is usually beneficial. The print is clear and the size of the book is appealing. The table of contents accurately reflects the discrete areas of focus entailed in the book, allowing a peruser to determine the chapter(s) of interest. It is less likely that most users would find most of the book of interest.
Assessment: The concept of a periodic review of progress in the molecular endocrinology of cancer is a good one and probably has a real market. Many of the aspects presented in this review are neither highly contemporary and scientific nor highly comprehensive and practical as an overview for the clinician, so they are less likely to find either a broad research following or broad clinical following. A yearly or quarterly review devoted to each endocrine system and its relation to cancer might find a greater following, particularly if an individual could order the reviews by volume.