This book is a delight for the clinician treating patients with colon cancer. It is concise yet thorough. It is remarkably up to date for a textbook. The format is clear, and the illustrations are clean. Subject matter includes a wide range of diagnostic and treatment concerns plus a reasonable degree of research data. This is primarily a book for the surgeon who manages his patient through the full course of treatment of colorectal cancer.
A number of chapters are outstanding. Surgical treatment of colon cancer is discussed by the editors themselves. Their writing style is fresh and direct with a sense of precise organization. They correctly focus on technique as the key to surgical treatment but include reviews of screening, colonoscopy, and adjuvant therapies as well. The classic determinants of what colon is resected for what disease are restated in exact anatomic terms. Results of operation are expressed in