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Few subjects are as arresting as cancer. For patients the draw is obvious, but for researchers, students, and the general public, malignant unchecked cell growth fascinates and intrigues. All audiences desire quick access to the most current information. This title aims to satisfy all but the expert in providing a concise overview of cancer biology, causes, therapies, and related social issues. Knight (Mount Holyoke Coll.), who previously edited Salem's Encyclopedia of Genetics, shepherds a flock of practitioner, researcher, and medical writer contributors. A typical entry for a procedure begins with a concise definition, then covers the uses of the procedure, how it is performed, and the risks involved. Medical acronyms, (e.g., CT, MRI) are spelled out. The 800 entries are signed and list references for further information, including books and journal articles from the last decade, as well as web sites and organizations.
—Teresa R. Faust