February 8, 1980

Atlas of Histology

Author Affiliations

The University of Chicago


by Everette E. Dodd, 355 pp, with illus, $32.50, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co Inc, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(6):570. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300320056034

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Although the text is concise, this volume is really a well-illustrated textbook of histology and not merely an atlas. The book is limited exclusively to the light microscopic appearance of cells and tissues. On one hand, this restriction makes it potentially useful in teaching histology in medical schools, where many of the students already have a good background in cell biology. However, it imposes a severe intellectual restriction on the work, since it is difficult to separate light microscopy from ultrastructure and cell biology.

As a set of plates for reviewing (or learning) microscopic anatomy, the book is useful. Indeed, the light micrographs (in color) attain the level of quality of most student loan collections. The plates are generally good, with some notable exceptions. For example it is impossible to see either primary or secondary granules in the neutrophil metamyelocyte in Fig 2 on p 107. In general, the plates