June 30, 1975

Atlas of Neuropathology

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago


by Nathan Malamud and Asao Hirano, ed 2; 462 pp, with illus, $42.50, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1975.

JAMA. 1975;232(13):1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250130062032

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Atlases are valuable adjuncts for teaching and reference in neuropathology since it would take a lifetime to accumulate and study good examples of all the lesions in that field. Such atlases supplement, but do not supplant, textbooks, because they are not concerned with etiology and pathogenesis. They cannot illustrate every stage or variation in disease without becoming unwieldy.

The first edition of Malamud's atlas (1957) has merited its enthusiastic reception. It consisted of full-page plates illustrating gross and light-microscopic changes in a wide range of neuropathologic conditions. Each plate was faced by a page bearing a short, clear description of the condition illustrated opposite, often with an informative case history, and key references. The standards of selection of material and printing were very high, the two factors that more than any others determine the quality of an atlas.

The second edition has the same arrangement. Many gross and light microscopic