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From The CriticsReviewer: Anamarija M Perry, MD (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: The fifth edition of this classic textbook of pathology covers basic disease processes and specific organ pathology. The book is well illustrated, with numerous macroscopic and microscopic images, as well as tables, schematic diagrams, and illustrations in color. The fourth edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: It was conceived as a basic text and reference for medical students taking a classic pathology course. It can be also used in integrated courses that have recently become so popular in U.S. medical schools.
Audience: This book is primarily written for medical students who are studying pathology. However, residents in pathology as well as practicing pathologists will find it useful, especially those who want to review basic disease principles and the basic tenets of pathology. The book could be used by students in the allied health professions, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy.
Features: The first nine of the book's 30 chapters deal with basic disease processes, and the remaining chapters are dedicated to organ systems' pathology. Significant advances in the understanding of basic pathophysiologic processes are incorporated into revised chapters on both general and specific organ pathology. New sections on proteasomal degradation, stem cells, diabetes, obesity, emerging infections, and agents of biowarfare have been added to this edition. This edition has new editors, and Dr. Emanuel Rubin, the original editor who oversaw the first four editions, now serves as a consulting editor. Several new contributors and associate editors have been recruited. For the first time, ancillary learning material is included with the textbook: audio questions, online text and illustrations, and case studies. The quality of most macroscopic and microscopic images is excellent. The artist-generated color illustrations also are extremely well done and aid in the understanding of the text. Comprehensive tables, especially the ones that integrate and compare major characteristics of certain diseases, are a very useful addition.
Assessment: This book remains one of the two major leading comprehensive U.S. textbooks of pathology. The fifth edition has been skillfully edited and updated. Overall, the material is presented in a very logical and systematic manner. All authors have followed the time-tested approach according to which all diseases are described including definition, pathogenesis, pathology, and clinical features. This structure, in addition to tables, excellent illustrations, and conceptual flow-charts or diagrams will facilitate the learning of pathology. The layout, including the extensive use of symbols, bullets, and sentential titles make the book very attractive to students. The book compares very favorably with Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 7th edition, Kumar et al. (Elsevier, 2005). Since it is written in a more colloquial fashion than Robbins and Cotran and, overall, it appears less intimidating, less dense, and more user friendly, it might be quite popular with many a student. It deserves its hard-earned prominent place among the basic textbooks of preclinical medicine.