This second edition, following the first by only six years, emphasizes the extraordinary interest in leukemia during the past few years. Neither the number of cases of leukemia nor the increasing incidence of the disease adequately explains the amount of research effort being expended in the field. It is more likely that research in this area has afforded a model system which has become useful to biologists in various disciplines. It is no less than extraordinary to contemplate the number of disciplines working actively in leukemia research. There are the biochemists, geneticists, immunologists, virologists, pathologists, histochemists, radiobiologists, public health officers, sociologists, carcinogeneticists, endocrinologists, pharmacologists, electron microscopists, and sometimes even hematologists.
Leukemia probes in depth the accomplishments of the many workers. The authors balance well the historical background, the newly acquired knowledge, and the distillation of years of thoughtful, extensive, welldigested experience gained at the bedside and in the laboratory.