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Pathology of Tumours of the Central Nervous System.
  1. J W Ironside

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    McLendon RE, Bigner DD, Bigner SH, et al.(£125.00.) Arnold Publishers, 1999. ISBN 0 340 70071 8

    This book is intended as a companion to the 6th edition of Russell and Rubinstein's Pathology of Tumours of the Nervous System. The authors have been joined by a neuroradiologist, to provide a more detailed clinical approach to the diagnosis of brain tumours.

    The book is divided into three main sections dealing separately with lesions commonly encountered in adults, those occurring most commonly in children and young adults, and a final section concerning tumours of maldevelopmental origin. In each chapter, essential information is highlighted in tabular form, and the text emphasises the diagnostic approach, with discussion of differential diagnosis and investigations, and useful guidance from the authors on their experience of immunocytochemistry, including the use of cell proliferation “markers” for diagnosis. There are some minor criticisms that could be made, particularly the rather arbitrary division of contents between the first and second chapters, and the inevitably dated genetic information. The book is based on the 1993 WHO classification, and because this has been revised recently, a few of the recently recognised entities are missing. All the main tumour entities that are commonly encountered in diagnostic neuro-oncology are presented, and the book will make a useful addition to departmental shelves.

    My colleagues and I have found this a useful supplement to the existing books on brain tumours, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to any pathologist involved in the diagnosis of brain tumours, and also to neurosurgeons, neuroradiotherapists, clinical oncologists, and neuroradiologists with an interest in neuro-oncology.

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