520 Book Reviews While the ®rst edition of this book (1993) had signi®cant gaps in coverage, this second revised and extended edition can certainly be recommended as an optional brief modern text for undergraduate medical students and others. For detailed coverage it cannot compete directly with the larger texts like Underwood's General and Systematic Pathology (2nd edn, 1996) or Kumar's Basic Pathology (6th edn, 1997). However, the authors do succeed rather well in their aim `to create a tutorial on the mechanisms of disease over a background of history, science and clinical relevance'. As such, it should also command a readership outside the mainstream medical undergraduate production line. Nurses, podiatrists, other paramedics and biomedical scientists would also ®nd it useful in their undergraduate studies and training. Postgraduate scientists and biochemists working in hospital and medical school laboratories often arrive with no formal training in and little knowledge of disease processes. As a supplement to inservice training for such staff, reference copies of this easily assimilated book should be available on the bookshelf of every biomedical research and diagnostic laboratory. Textbook of Uncommon Cancer (2nd edn). in style and emphasis is apparent between different contributors, though the editors admit that they have not tried to disguise this. References are cited up to 1998 in many chapters, though there are one or two glaring instances of outof-date concepts. An example is malignant ®brous histiocytoma, which is referred to as `the most common soft tissue sarcoma' in one chapter and `amongst the most common' in another. Similarly, the references cited with regard to our `current' understanding of the nature of angiomyolipoma range from 1932 to 1959! The chapter entitled `Lymphomas at uncommon sites' consists of little more than a list of sites which may be affected, supplemented with explanatory text on selected examples and some siterelated features of interest. Lymphoma classi®cation is not referred to directly, though most examples are quoted using Kiel terminology. Bizarrely, the subsection on `Lymphoma following organ transplantation' makes no mention of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), such cases being referred to simply as `lymphoma'. However, PTLD is mentioned under `cancers of the small bowel' and REAL lymphoma nomenclature is used in some sections. The chapter on large cell neuroendocrine tumours of lung is an enlightening up-to-date account of the limitations of our knowledge on the subject and points the direction for further research. It is useful to read more about primary peritoneal carcinoma, an entity which we seem to encounter not infrequently. I might well consult this book in order to gain further insight into some of the clinical and therapeutic aspects of the tumours featured, but it would be unlikely to be amongst the ®rst ports of call for resolution of the diagnostically challenging case. D. Raghavan, M. L. Brecher, D. H. Johnson, N. J. Meropol, P. L. Moots and J. T. Thigpen (eds). John Wiley, Chichester, 1999. No. of pages: 757. Price: £195.00. ISBN: 0 471 92921 2 This textbook is aimed primarily at clinicians who manage cancer patients and, as stated in the preface, `the student of cancer'. It is necessarily selective in the tumours covered, nevertheless drawing on the experience of no less than 90 contributors from around the world. It must have been a considerable task for the editorial team, itself distributed between the UK, USA, and Australia, to co-ordinate this effort. Most of the authors are clinicians with an oncological interest, or oncologists, with a sprinkling of input from histopathologists in some chapters, including some wellknown names. This is not a book for resolving dif®cult histopathological differential diagnoses and the range of entities covered, even amongst `uncommon cancers', is not exhaustive. Nevertheless, it does view a variety of uncommon tumours from a wide perspective, including epidemiology, aetiology, clinical features, and radiological ®ndings. In most chapters, there is also a fairly detailed account of management, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy regimens. Attention is drawn to the limits of present knowledge, where appropriate. Selected benign neoplasms are included, when there are clinical or other grounds for confusing them with malignant tumours, which seems entirely reasonable. With some exceptions, the histopathology sections tend to be `pathology aimed at clinicians' rather than `pathology for practising histopathologists'. Indeed, a few of the chapters which feature only clinical authors give the impression that not all of the pathology was written by pathologists. Having said this, there are some well-balanced accounts. A considerable variation Copyright # 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. J. Kirk The Queen's University of Belfast Belfast J. H. Shanks Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester J Pathol 2000; 190: 518±520.