by Jacques Poirier and Jean-Louis Ribadeau Dumas (Ursula Taube, trans; Peter S. Amenta, ed and adapter), 227 pp, 119 illus, paper, $9.75, Canada $10.95, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1977.
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The problem of relevance continues to bedevil the presentation of medical histology courses. Students are not likely to understand the value of the subject until its applications become visible, and this may occur in divided and irregular doses at odd times, and even long after the course is completed. Curricula, as they expand in content and get compressed in time, may produce some unforeseen and undesirable gaps in knowledge.
The introduction to this small but useful volume states its authors' intent to present in concise from (227 easy-to-read pages) the fundamentals of histology necessary for a modern medical curriculum. They have succeeded admirably. Students need more histology than this, but it should come by means of observation, discussion, and application, not through reading textbooks.
The text may seem too brief, but the expressed and fulfilled objective is to make drawings and diagrams complement, not duplicate, information. Obviously, great care and
Niles NR. Review of Medical Histology. JAMA. 1977;238(23):2545. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280240091040