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January 15, 1973


Author Affiliations

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Tex

JAMA. 1973;223(3):331. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220030065036

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The "concise synopsis" format of medical textbooks has increased in popularity in the past decade, especially for basic science fields that have had reduction in number of hours of student contact and, presumably, in content. These have varied from printed lecture notes to condensed treatises. Two new pathology books exemplify the trends and the problems. Tighe's Pathology is a mere 319 pages with no illustrations and few tables. Although Anderson and Scotti's Synopsis of Pathology is 1,076 pages of the same size, it does not have three times the content, as the print is larger and there are 430 illustrations and numerous tables. Both texts follow the traditional organization of the subject, but from this point on they diverge drastically.

Tighe's Pathology suffers from inconsistent pattern, inappropriate emphasis, and confusion of purpose. The same amount of space is given to both histiocytosis X and diabetes, with no mention of juvenile