The oncologist's fascination with the liquid tumors stems in part from the high and visible response rates that many exhibit, in contrast to solid tumors. More-over, the easy accessibility of blood has allowed researchers to unravel many of the cytogenetic abnormalities that trigger carcinogenesis, a field that is now just evolving for solid tumors. This wonderful new textbook on the non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, edited by Dr Ian Magrath, emphasizes many of the other features that have attracted so many physicians to the study of lymphomas—their protean manifestations, effect on many organ systems, and the cutting-edge science behind the therapies.
The best chapters are the first two, by editor Magrath, in which he provides a succinct, erudite overview of the history of lymphoma treatment and many current controversies over classification and therapy. The rest of the text is in two sections, the first composed of chapters on pathology and pathogenesis, the