Book Reviews
October 1938

Leukemia and Allied Disorders.

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By Claude E. Forkner, M.D. Price, $5. Pp. 333, with 73 illustrations and 6 colored plates. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1938.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(4):947-948. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980160227017

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This informative monograph will be read with satisfaction both by clinicians and by hematologists. Dr. Forkner draws freely on his own experience, which is well founded in pathology as well as in clinical material, and he covers the hematologic literature with gratifying brevity and discrimination. He deals with the huge leukemic problem, presenting a thorough discussion of the fundamental aspects of the etiology, the pathologic physiology and the pathologic findings before taking up the detailed clinical picture and the hematologic features. An extensive bibliography is given.

Although no attempt to brief the material can be made here, to mention a few points of interest may stimulate the reader to look further.

The discussion of the etiologic factors emphasizes the truism that in spite of a literature replete with clinical and experimental observations the cause of leukemia remains an enigma. Evidence for and against the malignant versus the infectious nature of

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