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This is one of the welcome books in which the authors have clearly in mind the intended audience, know precisely what they are trying to do, then go ahead and do it and do it well. The book is designed not for the traditional medical school course in pathology (although students could use it with great profit), nor for the professional pathologist, but for the physician who wants a comprehensive view of pathological process which he can integrate with his other medical knowledge. The book grew out of a course in "basic medical sciences for post-graduates," comparable, perhaps, to training for specialty board examinations in this country.
For an audience such as this, what are the desiderata? In essence there is required a sound vocabulary in the language of pathology, a vocabulary which makes thoroughly meaningful the various terms, expressions, and concepts that figure so largely in our present-day medicine.
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