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From The CriticsReviewer: Alvin Telser, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a compact textbook of histology. The first edition was published in 1993.
Purpose: The author intends this book to be a brief, but high information content textbook of general histology for the medical or dental student who has limited time to study and learn the essentials of histology. This is one of many condensed histology books on the market. It meets the author's stated purposes in a admirable way.
Audience: The book is intended for beginning students of histology in any medical or dental school curriculum. As a rather brief textbook, it is suited only for such a purpose and would not be useful as a reference source for the more advanced student or faculty member. The author suggests in the preface that he would describe the intended audience in a similar manner. The author has written and/or coauthored several other histology texts and is well known for them.
Features: This book contains the usual chapters found in any histology book. The author emphasizes the cellular and molecular aspects of the structure-function relationships of histology throughout. There are many well-conceived and drawn diagrams of histological structures; albeit most of them are also found in earlier books by this author. There is an adequate number of diagrams and an acceptable number of light and electron micrographs. It is unfortunate that the color plates of the light micrographs and the color diagrams are printed in a separate, central section of the book. The print quality of the electron micrographs, generally, is too dark. The book has brief, but interesting and useful, clinical correlations in most chapters.
Assessment: In broad terms, this is a one of the better condensed or concise textbooks of histology. Professor Cormack writes in a clear, accurate, and knowledgeable style. He tends to place subject in a context that reflects modern research and understanding of histology with an emphasis on cell biology — an approach I favor. Even though modern histology has its origins over a century ago, new knowledge, new insights, and new techniques justify and require new editions every 4 to 6 years (the first edition is about eight years old). Students who rely on this book will learn basic histology quite well.