Henry Ekert (Editor) CLINICAL PAEDIATRIC HAEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY Melbourne, Australia: Blackwell Publishing Corp. Scientific Publications, 1982, 245 pp., $28.50
A concise, high-quality, and up-to-date review of pediatric hematology/ oncology, to be used by students, junior house officers, and health care professionals who have a peripheral interest in the field, would be a welcome addition to the medical literature. Ekert's Clinical Paediatric Haematology and Oncology fits the bill in many ways but cannot be given an unqualified recommendation. This abridged textbook is appealing because it contains much current information, with excellent references and an adequate resume of most important subjects. A chapter describing the workup of a child with anemia is the only important omission. Unfortunately, there are many inaccuracies, misstatements, and misprints which detract from the book's strengths: eg, in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura "there are increased numbers of megakaryocytes with increased (rather than decreased) numbers of nuclei"; predisposing factors in childhood leukemia include the "chromosomal translocation 14q+;8q- (incorrectly suggesting that this condition is a constitutional problem); the dose of L'Asparaginase for ALL induction is given at 600µ/ Mp 2 im (rather than 600µ/Mp 2). A more carefully researched second edition of this book could produce an excellent short reference on the subject.