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November 25, 1968

Pathology Annual: 1968

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edited by Sheldon C. Sommers, ed 3; 466 pp, with illus, $14.75, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1968.

JAMA. 1968;206(9):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150090197041

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With this, the third edition, Dr. Sheldon Sommers becomes a tradition. And a welcome one, too. For each year he has had to recruit pathologists—from universities, from the armed services, from citadels of health in Washington, and from community hospitals—to inform practicing pathologists on new approaches to disease. As in the last two years, this year's crop of authors carefully sift and organize their material, illustrate their messages well, and amply document their points of view.

What distinguishes this volume and the two that preceded it? The answer, I think, is that Dr. Sommers advises his writers not to bite off more than the readers can chew. Also, by limiting the contents to about 14 timely subjects, he gives readers enough substance to sink their teeth into, but a varied enough fare so they will enjoy it.

The book, then, has range and depth. For surgical pathologists there are articles