This book is edited by a distinguished surgical oncologist and has 25 contributing authors. The editor states in the preface that the surgical oncologist is a pivotal figure in the treatment scheme and, for this reason, he must be knowledgeable regarding the other oncologic disciplines. Judging from the subjects included, the purpose of this volume is to educate the surgical oncologist in areas of nonoperative oncology rather than discussing the techniques used by the surgical oncologist. The author's thesis is that the work of a surgical oncologist requires both interest and expertise in broad areas for such a person to function effectively on the oncology team.
The first chapter covers the subject of anatomy and is an excellent summary of the lymphatic drainage of multiple organ sites. This and the anatomy of the liver seem to be the primary focus of this chapter that is nicely illustrated with multiple line