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From The CriticsReviewer: John Patrick Galvin, M.D., M.P.H.(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive, evidence-based review of the pathophysiology, diagnostic modalities, and current and future treatment options for leukemia. The format of review articles makes this an excellent resource for clinicians to access specific topics in leukemia. Each section is a standalone review, with more in-depth background and discussion than is usually found in journal review articles.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise and up-to-date account of leukemia for clinicians, trainees, and researchers. In this day and age of information saturation, it is often hard to find a collection of concise and well-written reviews on leukemia topics. This is an important and a worthy objective.
Audience: This book covers a broad range of leukemia topics. Some topics offer a general background appropriate for students and trainees. Topics on current and future treatment options also may appeal to clinicians and researchers. The intent was to target students, trainees, and practicing clinicians, and I believe the book achieves this goal.
Features: It offers a general background of leukemias, while offering the most up-to-date reviews of current and novel diagnostic modalities and treatment options for each type of leukemia. Articles cover the use of routine methods like cytogenetics or immunophenotyping to diagnose or prognosticate leukemia. Other articles cover novel targeted agents and advances in immunotherapy for leukemia. The format of this book is its greatest asset. Each section is a concise review of a specific topic with tables, diagrams and drawings to help organize and explain the complex topics.
Assessment: This is a great resource for students, fellows, and clinicians with an interest in leukemia. It offers an important alternative to the less concise textbooks and less in-depth journal review articles on leukemia.