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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ivan Damjanov, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is the fifth edition of the leading multiauthored textbook of surgical pathology which has been revised every four to six years since it was first published in 1989. Like the previous editions, it covers all topics in surgical pathology and is well illustrated. For this edition, it has been thoroughly revised, updated, and illustrated with numerous new color figures.
Purpose: The purpose was spelled out 20 years ago by its original editors, led by Dr Stephen S. Sternberg: to provide an authoritative treatise on the diagnosis of conditions which confront the surgical pathologist. This edition remains true to this goal, providing surgical pathologists and their trainees with a practice-oriented compendium that can help them diagnose both neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions. Surgical pathologists rely on encyclopedic textbook references of this type and many will welcome this updated edition.
Audience: Although written for surgical pathologists and their residents, the book also will be consulted in hospital libraries by surgeons, oncologists, and other medical specialists dealing with diagnostic pathology. Dr. Stacey E. Mills, Director of Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology, University of Virginia Health System, one of the leading surgical pathologists in the world, is known for his many original papers, reviews, and monographs and his widely admired diagnostic and editorial skills. He has four associate editors, who also are known for their contributions and editorial know-how. The list of over 90 contributors, most of whom are from the U.S., includes some of the best known surgical pathologists from the highest ranked medical centers and universities. The authority of this team is reassuring and unquestioned.
Features: The 58 chapters, grouped into 10 sections, cover the diseases of all anatomic parts of the human body. The coverage is encyclopedic, and almost all the important, as well as many less important, topics of surgical pathology are dealt with in more than sufficient detail. The narrative is supplemented by numerous color illustrations and tables summarizing essential facts. The tables dealing with differential diagnosis are one of the hallmarks of this book. Many pathologists also will appreciate the lists of immunohistochemical markers or chromosomal markers that are currently used in the diagnosis of some neoplasms. The references at the end of each chapter are well chosen and up to date. The index is complete and useful.
Assessment: All those who have used Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology for the last 20 years, as well as those who have grown up on this book during training, will agree with me that this is the best multiauthored overall textbook of diagnostic surgical pathology covering both neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions. The new edition has retained all the attractive features of the previous editions that have made this book so popular with surgical pathologists. It is hard to find another book in which so much knowledge and personal hands-on experience of so many leading pathologists has been so succinctly presented. The authors also deserve credit for following the advances in the field, which has helped them in revising and updating the book wherever necessary. The writing is crisp and to the point and the book is well edited. I could not detect any weaknesses or deficiencies and even the chapters that were a bit under par in previous editions have been significantly improved. Essentially, all gross and microscopic photographs are in color, and their color balance is commendable, reflecting the conscious effort of the editors to assure quality and consistency of the pictorial material. The latest edition of this classic, which deserves to be read and used, will be welcomed by surgical pathologists and their trainees. It is a must for all pathology departments, but many pathologists will also buy it for their personal use. It also belongs on the list of core hospital texts and, accordingly, it should be prominently displayed in general medical libraries.