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August 5, 1961

Essential Pathology

JAMA. 1961;177(5):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040310070029

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For the student preparing to practice or do research, this is a well-conceived handbook. The author has been concise and brief in his descriptions of pathology, but in doing so, has not sacrificed essential facts. Normal structure and function are omitted because the author believes they should be reviewed in the standard textbooks of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.

The principles of disease are reviewed in the first few chapters to refresh the reader's memory that the body's reaction to injury is by inflammation, that tumors represent an uncontrolled growth of cells, and that vascular diseases are frequently the result of fatty changes. All the organs of the body and the diseases which afflict them are adequately discussed. There are numerous photographs of gross and microscopic specimens in black and white. Short summaries of case histories illustrating the various pathological conditions are frequently included. At the end of each chapter there

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