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July 13, 1970

Atlas of Gastrointestinal Cytodiagnosis

Author Affiliations

Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1970;213(2):303. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170280061037

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Exfoliative Cytopathology, by Zuher M. Naib, 398 pp, 155 illus, $15, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1970.

Two texts on cytodiagnosis have recently been published—Atlas of Gastrointestinal Cytodiagnosis, by Henning and Witte, translated by Nieburgs, and Exfoliative Cytopathology, by Naib.

The volume on gastroenterology has limited appeal. Even though much of the photography is unremarkable, there is considerable interest in the comparison of microscopic techniques used to examine the entire gastrointestinal tract; included are photographs of the Papanicolaou stain, Pappenheim stain, intravital staining with atabrine, a fluorescent dye, and phase-contrast microscopy. Cytodiagnosis, endoscopy, and roentgenologic findings are also compared, as well as various collection techniques.

Of much wider appeal is Exfoliative Cytopathology. In the preface, Dr. Naib states that he has "made special effort to present, in the simplest and most concise manner, the basic systemic knowledge needed for interpretation" of cytology. He has completely fulfilled his aim. This