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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Francis H. Straus II, MD, MS (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is an extensively illustrated pathology atlas that discusses upper and lower urinary tracts, male reproductive organs, and adrenal gland tumors. It is an updated version of Atlas of Genitourinary Tract Disorders (1988).
Purpose: This book is written to be a comprehensive visual reference with integrated text emphasizing a surgical pathology approach. Rare conditions are not included. There is a need for this level of illustrated text.
Audience: The target audience is pathologists and urologic surgeons in training and at practice. The authors suggest general pathologists, nephrologists, medical oncologists, and cytotechnologists as alternate users, but they would be quite tangential to the main thrust of this book.
Features: The color gross and photomicrographic illustrations are generally of high quality, and the small adjacent drawings used to label many of the illustrations are very useful. The index and table of contents are good. The overall appearance is nice, but the large size of the book will make it difficult to use next to a microscope.
Assessment: Two experienced surgical pathologists have generated an attractive, well-produced, useful book covering genitourinary pathology. It will be a very valuable book to have in a medical library or a surgical pathology laboratory or on the bookshelf of a urologist or surgical pathologist.