Reviewer: Francis H. Straus II, MD, MS (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This new volume in the "Colour Guide Series" published by Churchill Livingstone presents descriptive definitions of pathology principles with written text on one side and two-color and often four-color labeled illustrations on the opposite page.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide short notes and color illustrations on general pathologist processes that would be useful for medical students, paramedical students, and practitioners preparing for postgraduate examinations. The presentation is quite concise, but has the advantage of pairing the notes with thoughtful illustrations. The book meets the authors' objectives, with the understanding that only limited principles are covered.
Audience: This guide is best used by medical and paramedical students. Most individuals further on in their training should have a firm grasp of these principles but might find this volume useful for review. This is a book of illustrated definitions of disease processes, not a major pathology text.
Features: The color illustrations show both gross and microscopic views of the disease processes being covered. There are some color diagrams and black-and-white electron micrographs where appropriate. The color reproduction and the sharpness of the illustrations is good. The table of contents and a brief index at the end help the reader find appropriate material. There are no references.
Assessment: This is a handy small volume covering pathology principles in concise written definition form with informative illustrations. It is not aprimary text, but an aid for learning basic principles of disease best used by individual students starting their studies of pathology. This is not a library book.