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Pediatric CNS Tumors (Pediatric Oncology) Hardcover – 2 Dec 2009
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From the reviews of the second edition: “This is an update of a 2004 compendium of childhood central nervous systems tumors with standard, current information on the diagnosis and treatment of these malignancies. … The book is sufficiently detailed to be valuable to experts in the field, but it also will appeal to anyone caring for children afflicted with these tumors as a general reference. … It is quite well done, complete, and easy to read. It is a valuable addition to the current books on childhood neurosurgery care.” (Robert M. Arensman, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2010)
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I don't know who this book is aimed at, but it is worthless to a radiation oncologist. In practical terms, it is grossly insufficient to help you pass either your written or oral boards. Radiation topics are treated with a very broad overview, as if those sections were written for a general pediatrician who wants to learn a little more about radiation oncology.
I was hoping to find concise descriptions of state-of-the-art radiation oncology for pediatric CNS tumors. For example, I fully expected to find detailed instructions of how to set up and deliver craniospinal irradiation using a variety of modern technologies including IMRT, 3D-conformal radiotherapy, and tomotherapy, with comments illuminating the relative merits and drawbacks of each approach. Nothing whatsoever like that is to be found within the pages of this book. It is absolutely not sufficient for direct management of a patient, and really it offers less in the way of _pertinent_ detail than the Halperin textbook, which is itself a rather behind-the-times text, even in its most recent edition.