This is a user-friendly beginning textbook of pathology that starts with chapters on the history and basic mechanisms of pathology followed by chapters on pathology by systems, i.e., respiratory, endocrine, nervous and multisystem diseases. The purpose is to reduce the immense amount of factual material presented to medical students, focusig on clinically relevant pathology, with less emphasis on molecular pathology. The authors believe that their book will prepare students for examinations without overwork. Medical students and other students in health care professions who need pathology training are the prospective users of this book. It is easy to use and perhaps somewhat unsophisticated, requiring a more detailed text for the dedicated student. The authors seem knowledgeable, except for a few small points with which I disagree. The strength of this text lies in the numerous understandable color drawings illustrating pathology processes and the color-coded boxes: white (key facts summarized), green (grouped diseases or pathologic processes), blue (clinical aspects of disease), pink (molecular and genetic details) and many gross and microscopic color photographs. The text is divided by subject headings and smaller boldface type ""telegraph headings."" There are no references, so this text is not an entry into the literature on a given topic. The 15-page index is quite detailed and should be useful. There also is a short glossary dealing with methods of biopsy, histologic techniques, and other methods of studying tissues, i.e., immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. The authors have succeeded in illustrating and organizing this pathology text in a way that does enhance basiclearning, but that curtails detail and obstructs deeper study of a given topic. It is designed for the beginning student and might best be used in combination with a more detailed text. This book should be present in libraries and bookstores, and it will serve best in the hands of an individual student.