The Leukemias: Etiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment documents the proceedings of an International Symposium on The Leukemias: Etiology and Pathophysiology, held at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, 8-10 March 1956. This volume gives the present complex position of leukemic etiology and pathophysiologic disturbance, a much needed knowledge of detailed leukocytic functions and comprehensive thought on the therapy of the leukemias. It also establishes a basis of comparison with the earlier works of Downey and Forkner in this field in the late thirties and thus makes it possible to see with some clarity the extent of progress made.
The volume contains 39 papers organized into nine parts. The papers in Part I focus on the leukemic cell, its structure, and antigenicity. Part II presents studies on genetic and environmental factors in the transmission of leukemia. Part III examines the radiation biology of leukocytes. Part IV focuses on the leukemias and the malignant lymphomas while Part V deals with leukocytic physiology. Part VI covers the metabolism of amino and nucleic acids in the leukemias. Part VII takes up further biochemical considerations in the leukemias. Part VIII contains papers that examine nucleic acids as the target for chemotherapy. Part IX presents a round-table discussion on therapy.