This fascicle on tumors of the peripheral nervous system is the first of 39 to be published concerning tumors of various organs. With it is provided an introduction and an index for the entire series to follow. This ambitious index, jointly sponsored and supported by six organizations, will have over 30 authors. The stated purposes of the atlas include attempts to standardize and simplify nomenclature of tumors and to aid teaching of oncology. The atlas will illustrate the usual patterns of tumors of each organ and their variants, and give in text the outstanding characteristics of each. The fascicles are printed in loose-leaf form to facilitate binding in correct sequence and aid in inserting improvements. Subsequent fascicles will be briefly reviewed as they are published.
The present fasicle, or chapter, written by Dr. Stout, is an auspicious debut for the atlas. Few subjects in the classification of tumors could have