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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ivan Damjanov, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This eighth edition of the classic and leading textbook of pathology has been fully reworked and updated. It covers in great detail all aspects of general and systemic pathology.
Purpose: It was conceived some 35 years ago as a comprehensive textbook for medical students and it still remains the leading medical school textbook, although it is well known that many students keep it for reference even after they have graduated. Thus, it also can serve a reference for practicing physicians. The editors' goals to cover pathology in a modern manner have been completely reached.
Audience: Initially this was a single author title, but over time, from one edition to another, it gradually became more complex and became a multiauthored text written by some 25 contributors and four editors. Even though it is primarily aimed at medical students, it also will be used by pathology residents and as a shelf reference by trainees in other specialties needing an authoritative yet concise source of pathology information. The authors are all well known pathologists and educators.
Features: The book is divided in two parts: general and systemic pathology. The first part consists of 10 chapters and the second part of 19 chapters, covering all aspects of pathology in a didactic manner. The organization of the book follows the standard format of previous editions. The book is well organized and well edited, making it quite informative and readable. Numerous color illustrations, drawings, and diagrams depict molecular pathology events and pathogenetic sequences. At the end of each chapter there are well chosen, current references. The detailed index is most helpful for searching the book and locating desired terms. The book has two formats: the student text includes access to studentconsult.com, whereas the professional edition is linked to expertconsult.com.
Assessment: This is a masterfully written and edited new edition of the leading American pathology textbook, well known and widely read throughout the world. Some material from the previous edition has been deleted, some has been updated, and some has been expanded, so that the book is approximately the same size and number of pages as the previous edition. The emphasis on molecular biology reflects the general trend and direction in which scientific pathology is evolving, but the good old anatomic foundations of pathology have not been forgotten. The book is well written and well illustrated and I am sure that it will appeal to its readers. This book has always had a clinical aspect and the clinical-pathological correlations are still its main strength. I recommend it highly and greet it as one of the major events in pathology publishing in 2009.