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May 5, 1999

Guiding the Surgeon's Hand: The History of American Surgical Pathology

JAMA. 1999;281(17):1650. doi:

It has given me the greatest pleasure to read this book, and I hope it will be a forerunner for other histories, such as that of European surgical pathology.

The book contains chapters on selected centers: Johns Hopkins University, by Darryl Carter; the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, by Raffaele Lattes; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, by Leopold Koss and Philip Lieberman; Harvard University Medical School, by Robert Scully and Austin Vickery; Washington University Medical Center and Barnes Hospital, by Louis Dehner and John Kissane; the Mayo Clinic, by Lewis Woolner; and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, by Kamal Ishak. Included on the staffs of these centers are a majority of the most illustrious anatomic pathologists and, in more modern times, surgical pathologists. The chapter authors provide institutional histories and write about the pathologists and other physicians whose vision made the institutions the centers of excellence they are today. The physicians' names, appended to diseases, staining methods, and occasionally an institution itself, are known to every resident. The preface and chapter 1 introduction by the editor, Juan Rosai, and the more detailed history of American surgical pathology in chapter 2 by Robert Fechner tie the subject together.