Review of Oncology (Oxford Core Text), 2nd Edition, by Max Watson, Ann Barrett, Roy Spence, and Chris Twelves
© Lim and Lim; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
Received: 11 February 2008
Accepted: 29 February 2008
Published: 29 February 2008
Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-856757-8. 212 pages, blue and black layout, with numerous numbers of tables, pictures, key boxes. 1 June 2006
This is the 'Oncology' theme book from the popular collection of core textbooks of various medical specialties published by the Oxford University Press (the others include 'Endocrinology', 'Neurology' and 'Haematology'). The first edition was published in 2001, with the second edition five years later. Compared to the first, this edition contains several updated facts related to the ever-changing field of oncology. It is written by four experts who have many other publications related to oncology.
The language used is simple and easy to understand. The facts are well presented in sentences and paragraphs that flow and hence enjoyable reading. Many important facts are also presented in point forms, making learning more efficient. The summary at the end of each chapter enables the reader to reflect on the main points discussed in that chapter. Topping up to these are the 'key facts' and 'stop and think' boxes which encourage the reader to actively participate in the discussion rather than just reading passively.
We would recommend this book particularly to the medical students and junior doctors who are in oncology-related attachments. It provides them a good basic understanding of oncology and yet it does not take too long to read. It is also suitable to the nursing staff and other healthcare professionals who are keen to learn more about oncology to help them in their daily clinical work.
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