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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Natalie M Webster, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book describes non-neoplastic pathology that mimics neoplastic processes within the realm of thoracic and cardiovascular pathology.
Purpose: It is intended as an effective adjunct to existing books on thoracic and cardiovascular pathology while extending the coverage to include neoplastic mimics. Providing a supplemental book that attempts to cover a more difficult topic in a succinct format is a worthy objective.
Audience: Although the authors do not indicate their audience, this book is appropriate for practicing pathologists, including pathology residents and staff. It would be most helpful for those who encounter thoracic and cardiovascular pathology on a routine basis. The authors provide good insights into diagnostic dilemmas in thoracic and cardiovascular pathology.
Features: This book covers the broad spectrum of neoplastic mimics in thoracic and cardiovascular pathology including lung, pleura, thymus/mediastinal, heart, pericardium, and blood vessels. The highlights of this book are the numerous photomicrographs, radiologic imaging, and gross photographs in addition to the succinct text. The shortcomings include the quality of some of the photomicrographs which appear pixilated. However, most of the photographs are of good quality and add to the usefulness of the book.
Assessment: This is a useful and relevant source of information when used as an adjunct to existing books on thoracic and cardiovascular pathology. It covers a difficult topic in this area of pathology succinctly, while making it easier for readers to understand.