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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alvin Telser, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of a basic text/atlas in a core discipline in all medical/dental first year curricula as well as some undergraduate curricula. The second edition was published in 1989.
Purpose: The book is intended for beginning students of histology; this new edition incorporates certain modifications intended to encourage students to approach the subject matter in a more independent way. These are worthwhile goals, and the text accomplishes them admirably.
Audience: The primary audience for the book is the beginning student of histology. It would also be a useful reference source for more advanced medical students and any practicing physician who may need or wish to be apprised of current histological information. The authors are recognized experts in the field.
Features: Illustrations are absolutely central to such a text/atlas, and this text has a large number of very high quality tables, diagrams, and exceptional light micrographs and electron micrographs. The table of contents and especially the index are thorough. As a basic text there are no references to other texts or the primary literature, an acceptable practice for a basic textbook. The text uses boxed-in areas for material of special or more advanced interest. Also, the layout changes in the pages facing the atlas plates are a useful and significant improvement; the layout makes it easier to relate to the figure being described. The only drawback is the soft cover, which makes the book less durable.
Assessment: This is an excellent up-to-date text/atlas of histology. Libraries and bookstores should stock this book; students should own their own copy. The new edition contains much new information and many new figures. The writing style and readability are significantly improved from the earlier very good second edition. The book is well worth having.