Odile Schweiguth SOLID TUMORS IN CHILDREN New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1982, 519 pp., $55.00
Solid Tumors in Children, by Odile Schweiguth is a comprehensive text in pediatric oncology based on the extensive experience of the author at the Institute Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif, Paris. The text is illustrated with a wealth of clinical pictures of various tumors and long-term followup illustrations demonstrating the side effects of intensive therapy. The book is divided into three sections: general considerations which include epidemiology, methods of diagnosis and treatment, as well as two thoughtful chapters on cure and human problems in cancer treatment, and two main sections on tumors in specific body sites and ones in variable locations.
The book is extremely readable and well-written. The chapters on specific tumors contain good general information as to biology, diagnosis and treatment results. The chapters, however, lack an extensive discussion of recent research results and differential diagnostic considerations. The treatment approach which is discussed is limited largely to the experience of the author at the Gustave-Roussy Institute. Treatment approaches at other oncology centers is briefly mentioned or is included in the references. The bibliographies following each chapter are comprehensive but are on the whole, limited to papers published before 1 980. This book is an excellent text for the general pediatrician, resident in pediatrics and fellow in pediatric hematology/ oncology. The practicing pediatric hematologist/ oncologist might find it lacking in depth of coverage, but would find it of great interest as a remarkable documentation of 30 years experience in the specialty.