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December 10, 1982

Lymph Node Biopsy

Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota Minneapolis


by Harry L. Ioachim, 438 pp, 250 illus, $75, Philadelphia, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(22):3036. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220076053

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The author's purpose in this text is to present a book that is inclusive, practically oriented, well illustrated, and of assistance to the practicing pathologist who must evaluate lymph node biopsies. Dr Ioachim has admirably fulfilled his primary goals in this well-organized and generally well-illustrated text. The book is divided into eight sections and includes discussions of normal lymph node architecture, the lymph node biopsy, the lymphadenitides and lymphadenopathies, Hodgkin's lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, lymphomasleukemias, and node involvement by metastatic tumor. The chapters on the non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and leukemias include discussions of relevant immunologic concepts.

Because this book strives to be inclusive, there is a problem of balance. Six pages are devoted to both luetic lymphadenitis and the very important entity of angioimmuno-blastic lymphadenopathy. This lack of balance is partially offset by the author's ability to distill the more important features of a disease into a few pages.

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