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Child JA, Jack AS, Morgan GJ. (£45.00.) Chapman and Hall Medical, 1999. IBSN 0 412 58030 6J Clin Pathol 2001;54:80
This book is aimed primarily at higher specialist trainees in haematology, haematopathology, and oncology. It has two sections. Section 1 reviews basic pathology, lymphoma classification, laboratory methods, radiological techniques, and principles of treatment. The second, larger, section describes individual disease entities. Most of the illustrations are black and white, except for central colour plates that are not referred to in the text.
The book is attractively presented. Summary points appear in bold type—a good revision aid. Tables list the main features of each disorder from morphology to disease pattern. These are helpful but one large table listing—for example, immunophenotypes of the various peripheral B cell lymphoproliferative disorders would have made comparisons easier and saved much shuffling through the pages.
Coverage of subjects is generally thorough and there are few omissions. Chapter 3 does not mention two newer techniques (somatostatin receptor scintigraphy and positron emission tomography) that are being evaluated in lymphoma staging and the assessment of residual mediastinal masses. The value of prognostic indices in stratifying treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is mentioned. However, after the publication of the international prognostic index this approach is also gaining ground in Hodgkin's disease.
There are several irritating typographical errors, most notably fig 6.8 and it's accompanying text (page 138), where there is some confusion about the Philadelphia translocation!
In summary, this text is a useful adjunct to specialist registrar training and the authors are to be congratulated on coordinating contributions from so many local specialists.