In recent years, no other malignant condition has received more attention or deserved optimism than childhood leukemia. Increasingly, pediatricians are required to be more active in the therapeutic trinity of patient/local physician/oncology center. The reality of long-term survivals, due largely to therapeutic maneuvering, demands prospective knowledge. The old adage of "he'll die anyway" as an excuse for imprecision is no longer tenable.
Lascari must know this very well, for he has written a book designed for the general practitioner and oncologist alike. It is at once a practical primer and the single reference source on the subject. Nononcologists will be grateful for the book's conciseness. Oncologists may now allow their bulky reprint files to cool and perhaps may start a new one for work reported after Lascari's completion of his extensive literature review that ends in 1972. Internists will mark the overall tone of hope and optimism and will find