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February 16, 1976

A Textbook of Surgical Pathology

Author Affiliations

University of Kentucky Medical Center Lexington

JAMA. 1976;235(7):761-762. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260330055034

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This 11th edition of a textbook on the pathology of surgery follows 43 years after the appearance of the first edition. The authors do not follow the common American definition of surgical pathology, but examine and stress such aspects of surgical disease as physiology, biochemistry, and immunology. They pay less attention to morphology and morphological interpretation—aspects that tend to make up the bulk of similarly titled books on this side of the Atlantic. When we appreciate what this once classic work is trying to do, it is sad to find that information and depth of understanding of surgical disease has outrun the compass of the volume. I and several of my colleagues, surgeons, residents, and senior medical students have been forced to the conclusion that in a laudable attempt at brevity, superficiality has evolved. Material that might have led to a consistent depth of understanding is all too frequently omitted.