November 7, 1986

Pinkus' Guide to Dermatohistopathology

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri Medical Center Columbia


by Amir H. Mehregan, ed 4; 655 pp, with illus, $15, Norwalk, Conn, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1986.

JAMA. 1986;256(17):2419. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380170135040

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Herman Pinkus, one of the best teachers in dermatology, died in 1985, aged 80. In his long career, he expanded on his mastery of pre-World War II German biology, some of which was learned at the knee of his father, the distinguished scientist Felix Pinkus. With enthusiasm, we welcome this text, revised in keeping with Pinkus' general philosophy and utilizing his concern for precise terms, complex classifications, and careful speculations in biology. Some other popular texts in dermatohistopathology oversimplify to a fault or ignore the practical problem of using a biopsy to improve medical practice. Pathologists ought to do much better than merely describe a biopsy section. Pinkus understood that obligation. Students especially might examine this book and learn about this more self-critical, biomedically oriented approach to useful dermatohistopathology.

Required reading would be chapters 3 and 5, which deal with technical data, common pitfalls, and terminology. It is extremely easy