Many colleagues from our university have contributed figures and references for the book. They are usually acknowledged in the figure legends. I am particularly grateful to Prof. Claus-Dieter Gerharz for most of the histology figures, to Dr. Georg Kronenwett for expert advice on hematological cancers, and to Dr. Andrea Linnemann-Florl for drawing many figures and improving many of my own. I am further obliged to them and several other colleagues for reading and commenting on individual chapters or large parts of the book, specifically Dr. Aristoteles Anastasiadis, Dr. Sylvia Geisel, Michèle Hoffmann, Prof. Joseph Locker, Prof. Stephan Ludwig, Dr. Dieter Niederacher, Dr. Julia Reifenberger, Dr. Ingo Schmitz, Dr. Valerie Schumacher, and Dr. Hans-Helge Seifert. Ms. Bettina Möller has kindly helped with the formatting and editing of the final version and Ms. Olga Schulz with the index.

I have to apologize to my co-workers in the lab, Andrea Linnemann-Florl, Michèle Hoffmann, Christiane Hader, Andrea Prior, and Marc Cronauer, for not giving them my full attention for more than a year and even more to our lab students and trainees during that period. I am very grateful to all of them for compensating through their own initiative. I am also grateful to our head of department, Prof. Ackermann, for supporting the endeavor.

At Kluwer press (now Springer), Ebru Umar talked me into writing the book, and later Christina dos Santos and Melania Ruiz took care of the project.

If I ever did wonder why book authors feel obliged to thank their families for support, I now know. So, thank you, Geli, Olga, and Edwin!

Düsseldorf, September 2004

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