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August 8, 1966

Pathology Annual

Author Affiliations

New York


vol 1, 1966, edited by Sheldon C. Sommers, 387 pp, with illus, $12, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Division of Meredith Publishing Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1966;197(6):518. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060192047

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In 1878 Edwin Klebs, a renegade pupil of Virchow, announced the death of morbid anatomy as a science. In succeeding years, ever increasing numbers of equally eminent scientists have offered confirmatory condolences. Morbid anatomy has proved to be a peculiar corpse. It always dies but never quite fades away. Proof of this is provided by the lively new book Pathology Annuals, edited by Sheldon C. Sommers. This volume and the succeeding annuals should become essential additions to every unfaded pathologist's library.

The editor has a keen awareness of the soft spots in the average pathologist's erudition and the topics selected for presentation should do much to hyalinize these areas. Subjects discussed include an ideal method for coding pathological diagnoses without replication, the early and easy detection of pre-precancerous changes in the cervix, the inside and complete story of schistosomiasis, the immunological intricacies of La Jolla nephritis, a loosened but logical