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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ivan Damjanov, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This new textbook of orthopedic pathology covers mostly neoplastic diseases of the bones and soft tissues. It deals with gross pathology, histopathology, cytologic aspects of orthopedic neoplasms and related conditions, and correlates these pathologic findings with the radiologic and clinical manifestations of these diseases.
Purpose: The authors have prepared a practical bench side guide to orthopedic pathology. Their purpose was to integrate the classical microscopic and macroscopic features of orthopedic diseases with the cytologic findings and then correlate all these pathologic findings with the radiologic and clinical aspects. The authors achieve goals, but it remains questionable whether a new textbook of orthopedic pathology is needed.
Audience: The book is intended for residents in pathology and practicing pathologists and cytopathologists. The author has studied orthopedic pathology with the most prominent authorities in the field and has incorporated the lessons learned during the years spent in training as well as in his own practice.
Features: This relatively small book is divided into 16 chapters. The chapters have more or less descriptive, morphologically defined names such as "small round cells tumors," "spindle cell tumors," "giant cell tumors," "cysts," etc. A chapter devoted to infectious metabolic and arthritic disease is included for sake of completeness, but it only highlights the fact that the emphasis is on neoplastic diseases. All these diseases are covered systematically but in an abbreviated form. The book is illustrated with color figures presenting macroscopic microscopic and cytologic aspects of various diseases, and correlates them with the radiologic and clinical. There are good tables correlating the clinical and pathologic findings. Tables dealing with grading of tumors or the principal immunohistochemical findings are also included in many chapters.
Assessment: This is a brief, practical guide to orthopedic pathology. However, it is not novel in its approach and only time will tell whether it will survive in an overcrowded field that contains several well known books. The only unique aspect of the book not found in other books of orthopedic pathology is the correlation of macroscopic microscopic features of orthopedic diseases with the cytology. The fact that the authors' style is lapidary and the information is presented in brief paragraphs is also a virtue. These aspects of the book will be appreciated by those looking for a relatively short textbook of orthopedic pathology.