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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven Todd Kramer, BS, MD in progress(Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: Histology, the study of microscopic anatomy, integrates functional anatomy with cell and molecular biology. Knowledge of histology is imperative for an understanding of the foundations of the pathological basic of disease. This concise book contains 44 two-page chapters that cover the range of histology topics, from an introduction to histology stains and tissue sectioning to a brief look at every tissue type in the human body. Each chapter contains beautiful histological photographs and illustrations on the left page with accompanying text on the right page. The focus of this book is squarely on histology.
Purpose: According to the author, the aim is to "provide a concise overview of histology, particularly for those students who have not studied histology before." The book aims "to help students to understand quickly how tissues are made up from same basic components, and how the organization and appearance of cells in each tissue varies, depending on the function of the tissue."
Audience: It is written for students of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and the allied health professions. Undergraduates with a particular interest in the biomedical sciences also will find this book accessible and useful. The author is an expert scientist and educator.
Features: This book is the perfect combination of text and images. All main body systems are covered, with key terms and points bolded throughout. All images are in full color and are appropriately and clearly labeled. The book also contains 120 self-assessment questions with answers and explanations. Also available is a link to a website that contains more self-assessment questions, histological slides with on/off labels, topic objectives, and histological movies. The book is light and easy to carry, making it a welcome addition to the heavy backpacks of medical students and health professionals.
Assessment: This is an excellent learning resource for students in any medical field who want to get their feet wet with histology. It is concise and easy to read and, more importantly, presents each topic in just two pages, so as not to overwhelm beginning histology students. The self-assessment questions and ancillary online resources only enhance this book's usefulness further.