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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ann Pittier, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: This is the fifth edition of the leading comprehensive textbook of radiation oncology. This update incorporates color figures, tables, graphs, and pictures, allowing for improved visualization of the content. In addition, there is an online version with images for quick reference.
Purpose: This book provides the fundamental foundation necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the pertinent issues ranging from the esoteric to the most common processes. It is an appropriate reference for those at all stages of medical knowledge, from medical students to experienced academic physicians. It is used as the definitive book for radiation oncology medical students, residents, and practitioners. As the authoritative book in our field, it exceeds expectations with its all-inclusive treatment of each topic.
Audience: Therapists, dosimetrists, physicists, medical students, residents, and seasoned physicians benefit equally from this book, not only for reference but for building the framework of knowledge. It thoroughly covers each topic that would be important for each group in a detailed manner with current references guiding the format. Each section is written by recognized experts in the field, which supports the expert opinion necessary when there is conflicting or controversial data.
Features: The layout is well thought out and the book is divided into five main sections that are color tabbed, which allows for easy reference. Each section is further structured by topics and chapters that fall within the framework of the subject. The entirety of the specialty is addressed from the foundation of radiation biology and physics to clinical intricacies, planning, and controversies.
Assessment: This book leads the field of radiation oncology forward by providing the foundation, structure, and knowledge necessary to practice with confidence. This is the classic textbook for radiation oncology and this new edition has greatly improved its quality with updated information. It is a joy to read.