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The diagnostic surgical pathologist must assimilate myriad images of various histopathologic processes into visual memory and then gauge the similarity of each new gross specimen or microscopic slide to this array of remembered morphological benchmarks. The daily practice of pathology brings repeated exposure to images of common diseases. But training the eye to recognize unusual entities requires the use of study sets—a limited commodity—or, more often, recourse to a few representative photomicrographs reproduced in a textbook or journal article.
The pathology titles in the Imagedisc Library series produced by Image Premastering Services attempt to overcome the space and cost limitations of traditional print reproduction by using laser disk technology to provide access to thousands of color video images in a convenient package. Pathology of the Head and Neck, authored by staff members of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, has the stated goal of providing access to the Institute's "comprehensive
Madden JF. Pathology of the Head and Neck: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. JAMA. 1994;271(20):1626-1627. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510440088047