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February 12, 1992

Tumours: Structure and Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

The University of Chicago (Ill) Hospitals


by R. C. Curran and E.L. Jones, 812 pp, with 2363 color illus, $275, ISBN 0-19-261840-7, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1991.

JAMA. 1992;267(6):870-871. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480060116047

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This book is a pathologist's delight. It is indeed a feat of the highest accomplishment to be able to produce over 2000 illustrations in color and with none that are out of focus, indistinct, or unclear. The book deals almost entirely with tumor pathology and gives examples of the commonest neoplastic lesions.

It is very easy to navigate this work, as the sections are arranged by organ system. All photomicrographs are well illustrated with arrows and lettering. Furthermore, as a bonus, each illustration comes with a short description of the tumor and mentions distinguishing points to help make the correct diagnosis.

The book follows the previous gross pathology atlas by these two accomplished pathologists and keeps up the high standard. As it is aimed at pathologists in training as well as experienced pathologists, it may be worthwhile, if the book ever reaches a second edition, to include a few extra