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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is an easy-to-read, practical overview of the field of neuro-oncology. It is not intended as an authoritative overview, but rather a clinically based review of the latest advances in the approach to brain tumors in adults and children.
Purpose: It discusses general aspects of the therapy for adults and children with brain tumors, while covering the pathogenesis and the most commonly encountered brain neoplasms.
Audience: The book is designed to update both academic and practicing neurologists and neurosurgeons, as well as physicians in practice and others caring for patients with brain tumors and cancers affecting the nervous system. The authors and editors are leaders in their fields.
Features: The book's four main sections cover general aspects of therapy, adult nervous system tumors, pediatric brain tumors, and the effects of systemic cancer and treatments on the nervous system. The chapter on the systemic effects of cancer is particularly well written. The tips and pearls that appear throughout the book are particularly effective in reinforcing concepts.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to any clinical library that supports the care of patients with brain tumors. It fills a void in a discipline that is undergoing rapid change in its approach to treatment.