The materials in the reference room are valuable resources for beginning to structure the basic outline of your topic. Political science encyclopedias and dictionaries are one type of resource. There are many. For an American foreign policy course you might wish to look at sources such as the Dictionary of American Diplomatic History (Findling, 1989) or, at the most general level of political science, you might wish to consult The Encyclopedic Dictionary of American Government (Dushkin, 1991). There are similar works, such as The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (Krieger, 1993), that are global in scope. Then there are resources such as Editorial Research Reports , the Political Handbook of the World , or the Index to International Public Opinion that deal with particular topics, give summaries of various governments, or take other specialized approaches. Such works are normally acceptable sources; general-purpose encyclopedias (such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica , the World Book , etc.) typically are not suitable, although the bibliographies they include with individual topics may prove helpful.
Two thousand two hundred ninety-eight patients from 16 specialized units underwent CRS for PMP. Treatment-related mortality was 2% and major operative complications occurred in 24% of patients. The median survival rate was 196 months ( years) and the median progression-free survival rate was 98 months ( years), with 10- and 15-year survival rates of 63% and 59%, respectively. Multivariate analysis identified prior chemotherapy treatment (P < .001), peritoneal mucinous carcinomatosis (PMCA) histopathologic subtype (P < .001), major postoperative complications (P = .008), high peritoneal cancer index (P = .013), debulking surgery (completeness of cytoreduction [CCR], 2 or 3; P < .001), and not using HIPEC (P = .030) as independent predictors for a poorer progression-free survival. Older age (P = .006), major postoperative complications (P < .001), debulking surgery (CCR 2 or 3; P < .001), prior chemotherapy treatment (P = .001), and PMCA histopathologic subtype (P < .001) were independent predictors of a poorer overall survival.