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From The CriticsReviewer: Linda Berent, DVM, Diplomate ACVP(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This color atlas of cytology is intended to be a "bench book" to be used by the veterinarian or cytologist when encountering problematic microscopic findings.
Purpose: Any person using a microscope needs one or more good references and this book would be a good addition to anyone's library from the practitioner to the boarded pathologist.
Audience: This book is intended for anyone using a microscope for the diagnosis of cytologic lesions. Small animal practitioners, pathology residents, and veterinary students will all find this book useful. The authors are experts in the field and their combined years of experience have produced an excellent book.
Features: Normal and abnormal cytology of all major organ systems is covered. In addition, there are instructions on the acquisition of samples and discussions of advanced techniques such as immunocytochemistry and molecular diagnostics. There are excellent comparisons between cytologic and histologic findings, as well as some photographs of gross lesions. The large numbers of good quality photographs, some taken from the older and most unusual ASVCP slide set cases, make this book unique. The only shortcoming I see is that I will use this book so often, the softcover binding will wear out.
Assessment: I read every veterinary cytology book cover-to-cover while studying for my board exam this year. Although the two other major veterinary cytology books (Baker and Lumsden's Color Atlas of Cytology of the Dog and Cat (Mosby, 2000) and Tyler et al.'s Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat, 2nd Ed. (Mosby, 1999)) are worth buying, this one is my favorite because of the large number of photographs and the integration of the pictures within the text.