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September 12, 1986

Bloom and Fawcett: A Textbook of Histology

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SUNY Health Science Center Syracuse, NY

JAMA. 1986;256(10):1366-1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380100140043

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On Dec 4, 1928, Alexander A. Maximow, professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago, was found dead in bed at age 54 years. A physician, and a member of the Russian aristocracy in St Petersburg, he had emigrated to the United States six years earlier, and at his death he left on his desk manuscripts amounting to about half of a textbook of histology. A junior colleague in the department, William Bloom, undertook the task of finishing the textbook, using the chapters that Professor Maximow had finished, translating fragments in Russian that he found among the Professor's papers, following outlines of unfinished chapters, and enlisting the aid of others. Maximow and Bloom's Textbook of Histology was published by Saunders in 1930. Bloom went on to become professor and chairman of his department in 1941.

In 1986, the 11th edition of this distinguished volume appears, still published by WB Saunders