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F A Tavassoli, P Devillee. World Health Organisation, 2003, $75.00 (paperback), ISBN 9 28322 412 4
Pathology and Genetics of Tumours of the Breast and Female Genital Organs is the fifth volume of the series by the World Health Organisation on the Classification of Tumours. This book fills a gap in the availability of a ready reference manual for tumours of the breast and the female genital tract. It provides a well written, concise, and comprehensive reference book for pathologists and oncologists involved in these disciplines.
The authors use a very well researched approach to the topics included in the manual and the reader friendly layout of the material provides clarity to complex issues in diagnostic pathology. I found that the contents of the “blue boxes” were most informative and provided helpful diagnostic hints. One of the chapters on breast pathology shows an individual author’s bias on the subject, with the inclusion of different terminologies in the already confused subject of intraepithelial proliferative lesions of the breast. Fortunately, this trend does not persist in the remaining chapters of the book.
The immunological and molecular profiles of different tumours is exhaustive, well presented, and provides a valuable diagnostic aid to pathologists in practice, as well as a ready reckoner to research oriented clinicians.
The inclusion of the final section on inherited tumour syndromes is a valuable source of information. A final word of praise on the excellent images of tumours, which will be a delight to the picture matching trainee. I highly recommend this book and consider it an indispensable reference volume for both pathologists and oncologists.