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February 12, 1997

Spencer's Pathology of the Lung

Author Affiliations

UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, Calif

JAMA. 1997;277(6):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540300067038

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In the beginning there was Spencer, and since the last edition in 1985 we have seen two editions of Dail and Hammar and two editions of Thurlbeck and Churg. Whereas new editions of some of the larger books are splitting into two volumes, Spencer's Pathology of the Lung has recombined the two volumes of the fourth edition into a single large volume of 1283 pages, which compares in size with its two competitors. Herbert Spencer was the sole author of the last edition, an impossible act to follow, and Dr Hasleton has recruited 32 contributors from six countries for the new edition. The majority are British, and Hasleton himself is an author on 17 of the 36 chapters, the single author on 10 of these.

Although Hasleton and the late Professor Spencer started to write the fifth edition together, and it still bears Spencer's name, it must now be regarded