by J. B. Walter and I. C. Talbot with contributions by H. Allen Gardner, Philip F. Halloran, Mark Zuckerman, Angus Graham Bird, and Alastair Forbes, 7th ed, 952 pp, with illus, $139, ISBN 0-443-04296-9, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1996.
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This seventh edition of Walter and Israel General Pathology will serve as a first reference for the doctor who needs to update understanding of a particular disease mechanism as seen from the laboratory. As the authors point out in their preface, pathology is coming more and more to be regarded as laboratory medicine. Accordingly, general pathology, which deals with the basic mechanisms of disease, needs wide coverage and explanation of its laboratory background. This text amply provides this for the inquiring doctor and student.
All aspects of general pathology are covered thoroughly in this text. Thus, the material on the acute inflammatory reaction incorporates all that the beginning student should be aware of. Moreover, those who need more detailed study of laboratory aspects of the topic are directed in a selected bibliography of general reading to the more comprehensive monographs. Thus, the reader is referred to the thorough review of
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