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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven Tenny, BS (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This atlas of pathology provides a pictorial panorama of pathologies explored in Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th edition, Kumar et al. (Elsevier, 2010), and includes more than 100 additional images compared to the 2006 edition.
Purpose: It provides the needed additional visual examples of diseases presented in the other Robbins books. This is accomplished through a collection of over 1,500 full-color photomicrographs, gross pictures, and radiographic images.
Audience: Medical students in pathology courses and preparing to take the USMLE are the intended audience.
Features: The color photomicrographs, gross pictures, and radiographic images with explanations cover many of the more commonly tested pathologies. The atlas is conveniently organized with one organ system per chapter. Many chapters start with a few review images of normal tissue and structures, and most images are well labeled, highlighting the important aspects to recognize. Each image's accompanying text summarizes the visual findings and offers an extra tidbit or two about the pathology without a full explanation of the disease state. Astute readers will recognize a few important disease omissions and find a few suboptimal images. Some images are unlabeled and the area of interest may not be quickly apparent to beginning learners.
Assessment: Overall, this second edition represents a slight upgrade from the first edition, with a fair set of review images which encompass a sufficient collection so that undergraduates and medical students should be able to recognize the majority of images of pathology for a pathology course or on the USMLE. The atlas is suitable for visual students who use the main text and wish to have more visual reinforcement. The limited scope, omissions, and overall lower image quality prevent it from replacing a good histology textbook and limits its use in the undergraduate and medical student realm.