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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer Forsyth, M.D.(City of St. Louis)
Description: To my knowledge, until now there has been no atlas of histology specific to forensics, which, at the training level, has been a sorely missed reference. The atlas is well organized by type of injury.
Purpose: The authors' clearly stated objectives are to fill an educational gap. Little has been written about forensic histology, which is markedly different than the histology taught in medical school or in anatomic pathology. This book is a great addition to any training forensic pathologist's library.
Audience: It is written for forensic fellows during their training and new to practice, and it is right on the mark. This is a terrific book for this audience — and one that has been missing.
Features: The atlas has a fantastic layout and is well organized into types of injuries. The photomicrographs, which are the real meat of the book, are huge and of excellent quality. The captions for the photomicrographs are well written with arrows and other identifying marks to provide added clarity. My only wish is that the book had been more inclusive. In an area that has been poorly represented in the literature, this atlas is a great start, but I look forward to a second edition with twice as much information.
Assessment: The quality of this book is excellent. I look forward to a more comprehensive second edition.