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This textbook is dedicated to the memory of Professor Daniel E. Koshland, Jr, who instilled in me the love of science; to the memory of Dr. Luther W. Brady, MD, who inspired me to master clinical oncology and to appreciate the art of humanity; and Professor Steve P. Calandrillo, my law school professor, who takes every opportunity to support and encourage me to explore the intersection of law and medicine. Most important of all, I dedicate this textbook to my patients and US Veterans, who have taught me so much all these years so that I can use the knowledge gained to improve the delivery of cancer care that is high quality, equitable, and provided with compassion.

— Tony S. Quang, MD, JD, FCLM


This textbook is dedicated to my parents, Pam and Craig Taft, who instilled in me the intellectual curiosity and work ethic necessary to pursue my academic and professional dreams; my husband, Max Mannisto, who loves and supports me personally and professionally every day; my colleagues at Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP for their professional mentorship and friendship; my law school classmate and friend, Tony S. Quang, MD, JD, FCLM who cajoled me into editing this medical-legal textbook and kept me on track even when I was up to my eyeballs in work; and to all of my clients, whose deep passion for quality patient care inspires me to lead a life of compassion and service to others.

— Michelle S. Taft, JD


This textbook is dedicated to all my mentors who inspired me to work harder and be focused on patient care. I also dedicate this to my wife, Shilpa Beriwal, who supported me through all ups and downs of life. Last but not the least, I dedicate this book to all my patients who trusted me to care for them.

— Sushil Beriwal, MD, MBA, FASTRO, FABS

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