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From The CriticsReviewer: Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD (Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: Histology provides an essential foundation for medicine and basic research in cellular and developmental biology. Students learn to appreciate the organization of tissues and organs at the cellular and subcellular level, and relate morphological patterns to function. This perspective is important because it enables health professionals to understand pathologic aspects of disease. This full-color textbook provides a complete description of human microscopic anatomy. The revised 12th edition includes 23 chapters that cover basic concepts in cell biology and histology using an organ-system system approach.
Purpose: According to the editor of this edition (Anthony Mescher), the goals of this book are to "provide a thoroughly modern treatment of cell and tissue biology, focused on the needs of students in the health professions."
Audience: Written for students in the health professions and advanced undergraduates, it is particularly suited for medical, dental, and nursing students, as well as graduate students in cell and developmental biology.
Features: This full-color book of basic histology is well written, expertly edited, and a joy to read. The text is supplemented with important information on clinically-relevant anatomy, embryology, and physiology. It highlights functions of each of the many tissues and organs. For example, the chapter on immune system and lymphoid organs describes types of immune responses and outlines cell recognition functions of MHC-encoded genes. The full-color illustrations and photomicrographs are absolutely outstanding. Information jumps off the page and engages students in active learning. Every chapter includes a brief outline for orientation. Keywords are highlighted in bold to emphasize key learning objectives. The chapters are filled with color-coded boxes that point out medical applications. A CD-ROM with all the images accompanies the book and is supported by an online learning center.
Assessment: This popular, clinically relevant textbook contains new material, expanded figure legends, and an all-new art program. It is the best integrated histology textbook that I have reviewed. It provides core principles of histology and cell biology that students need to know to succeed on licensing board examinations. The full color glossy pages and beautiful illustrations are a joy to behold, and will help motivate students to learn. This is an outstanding textbook for teaching histology to medical students and allied health professionals. I recommend it highly.