This beginning textbook of pathology covers principles of pathology, more than a systemic approach to pathology. The chapters cover cellular injury, immunology, healing, infections, disorders of growth, principles of tumor pathology, metabolic diseases, nutritional diseases, and vascular pathology. The purpose is to describe the fundamental processes of pathology in relation to the practice of medicine and to show the impact of basic science disciplines in understanding disease processes. These are worthy objectives and the authors, for the most part, achieve these aims. The thrust of this book is toward medical students and other healthcare students who should have an understanding of disease processes. It is not a complete discussion or listing of all disease processes, but deals primarily with principles of disease. The organization is by chapters divided up by various bold face and italic paragraph headings. There are tables, black-and-white diagrams, and relatively sparse black-and-white half tones of gross photographs, photomicrographs, and electron micrographs. At the end of each chapter there is no summary, but there is a short listing of recent bibliographic references. In the back there is a quite complete 41-page index easing the task of finding a given subject quickly. The overall appearance is attractive. Considerable effort has been expended to bring this eight-year-old text up to date and for the most part this has been successfully accomplished. Its main competition is Robbins, Pathologic Basis of Disease, which is longer but seems more complete, adding systemic pathology to principles of pathology. The latter is more completelyillustrated with some color, longer listings of chapter references, and it also has a good index. This new edition text is an attractive addition to a somewhat crowded category of general pathology textbooks.