Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive review of ovarian pathology, expanded and updated since the 1989 first edition. The authors are a gynecologic pathologist and cytopathologist. Contributors include clinicians from the fields of gynecologic oncology, reproductive medicine, and radiology.
Purpose: The text presents the current classification of neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the ovary with a more clinically oriented discussion than most standard pathology texts.
Audience: Directed at surgical pathologists and gynecologic pathologists, the authors have produced a book which would be valuable to the practicing gynecologist.
Features: There is a thorough discussion of ovarian dysgenesis and ovarian dysfunction. Frequently encountered non-neoplastic diseases, such as functional cysts, mullerian cysts, and endometriosis are well covered. Neoplastic disease is organized by WHO classification and is well presented. There are many good quality photomicrographs, predominantly black and white, with a color section on intraoperative cytopathology. Concise tables cover the differential diagnosis of difficult lesions, incorporating immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy where appropriate. A chapter on preoperative radiologic diagnosis gives a useful overview of MRI in the evaluation of ovarian disease, although a few of the illustrations are out of focus. An unusual feature is a collection of appendixes including ovarian pathology associated with inherited syndromes and paraneoplastic syndromes. The book could have been improved by adding coverage of cytogenetic and molecular findings characteristic of primary and secondary tumors.
Assessment: This is a very good clinicopathologically oriented text providing an overview of ovarian pathology. Several unique features differentiate the work from other standard texts, making it a worthwhile addition to any personal or medical library.