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The "rites of passage" from the research frontier to the legitimacy of an established clinical discipline encompass, among other trappings, the publication of a plethora of compendia, interpretative commentaries, and other summary statements. These publications putatively integrate recent discoveries into systematic knowledge. This book, designed as "a realistic sophisticated interpretation of chemotherapy as it is practiced today," illustrates the genre. This preamble, couched in anthroposociologic terms, is not my flight into fancy: The book is a sociologic phenomenon as well as a clinico-scientific document.
The editor and his contributing co-authors have, in one sense, fulfilled their goal "to maintain a
Clinical Interpretation and Practice of Cancer Chemotherapy.. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:943. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-6-943_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(6):943.
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