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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rashna Madan, M.B.B.S.(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of an organized, comprehensive review of gastrointestinal and liver pathology in a format that is designed to be user-friendly. The first edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: In this era of surgical pathology practice, each organ system or group of related organ systems demand dedicated study as well as an awareness of current concepts and the utility of molecular testing. The editors have created a book that realizes these objectives.
Audience: The editors believe this book will be a resource for all interested in gastrointestinal pathology, particularly junior residents and clinicians who are not pathologists. No doubt it will interest both these groups, but it also merits a place on the desks of general surgical pathologists who routinely deal with gastrointestinal biopsies, a common component of many practices. The editors are highly regarded in the field of gastrointestinal pathology and this book clearly benefits from their expertise. The contributing author list is no less accomplished and includes Drs. Ralph Hruban, Syed Ali, Pedram Argani, and Kay Washington, among others.
Features: The book is well structured, with chapters that amply describe the diseases/tumors of the tubular gastrointestinal tract, including the appendix, the gallbladder and extrahepatic bile ducts, pancreas, and liver. Particularly accessible inclusions are the highlighted textboxes for each entity, one focusing on the clinical facts, therapy, and prognosis and the other on pathologic features. These textboxes, along with the gross and microscopic images, make for a lesion/disease at-a-glance and are a great teaching tool. The prolific images and the textboxes are some of the most appealing features of the book. Balanced reviews lend clarity to several controversial tumors that recently have been better characterized, including colonic serrated polyps, appendiceal mucinous neoplasm, and goblet cell carcinoid. I have a few minor criticisms. The current WHO (2010) grading of neuroendocrine tumors is not mentioned. Cytology is a slightly inconsistent feature, with excellent images in the pancreatic chapter, but only two for liver neoplasms and none for GISTs. Lastly, while it is convenient to access liver pathology in this book, the subject is arguably broad enough to merit its own dedicated textbook and if not, a chapter on liver transplantation pathology would be useful.
Assessment: This book has been authored by experts in the field and it shows — it is intuitively organized and intelligible. As one may infer from its size, it is not exhaustively encyclopedic in all areas, but it will cover the vast majority of diseases/tumors and answer most questions that arise in the practice of gastrointestinal pathology.