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August 16, 1985

The Leukemias: Epidemiologic Aspects

Author Affiliations

Queens Hospital Center Affiliation of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center Jamaica, NY

JAMA. 1985;254(7):967-968. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360070113040

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This well-written and profusely referenced book fulfills the author's promise of providing a "comprehensive summary of the epidemiologic literature organizing and critically evaluating important studies of the leukemias by cell type" (p VII).

The following are minor points of irritation to this hematologist reviewer: the FAB system of classifying the leukemias (p 4) is incorrectly defined (eg, M2 is not promyelocytic leukemia). The Rai classification of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is not "recent" (p 4), as it was described a decade ago. The clinical description of the four types of leukemia in chapter 1 is oversimplified and sometimes misleading (eg, "the response of patients with CLL to therapy is not striking" [p 7]). The author frequently interchanges the terms AML and ANNL, often in the same table (eg, Tables 3-8, 6-5, and 6-16), and even within the same sentence (eg, pp 91 and 102). The word "mongoloid" (p 97)