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This descriptive loose-leaf atlas contains illustrations, largely drawings in color, of various cells desquamated from normal or neoplastic epithelial surfaces. The position of this field of study is given in the author's preface. The desquamated (exfoliated) cells "because of their separation from their site of origin undergo retrogressive changes and acquire specific morphologic characteristics. Such cells are free from the pressure of surrounding cells and often assume distinctive forms differing markedly from those of the same type as they appear in tissue sections or those obtained by microdissection or scraping.... Should one attempt to describe and illustrate the myriads of normal and abnormal cellular forms found in body fluids, he would be faced with an impossible task." The atlas is arranged in sections with descriptions and plates, of which 12 plates are allotted to the female genital system; 4 to the urinary and male genital organs; 5 to the respiratory
Atlas of Exfoliative Cytology.. JAMA. 1954;155(9):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690270068040