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October 3, 1966

The Cell: Its Organelles and Inclusions

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An Atlas of Fine Structure, by Don W. Fawcett, 448 pp, 240 illus, $11, Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1966;198(1):93. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110140143051

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Everyone interested in histology and cytology, in histopathology and cytopathology, has eagerly been looking for a thorough presentation of the revelations possible with the electron microscope. Although several brief introductions to cell structure have been published before this atlas, none has provided the detailed and systematic approach seen in this volume.

The book has three main divisions. The first section presents the principal organelles including nucleus, centrioles, mitochondria, Golgi complex, endoplasmic reticulum, lysosomes, microbodies, microtubules and filaments found in different cell types. The section on cell inclusions describes various secretory products, pigments, glycogen, lipid, and crystalline inclusions. The final section takes up various specializations in the structure of the cell surface, as seen in different cell types. The material covered is quite comprehensive and no important items have been omitted, with the exception of the extracellular substances such as elastin and collagen.

The excellent illustrations, generally full-page in size, have