March 27, 1967

Essentials of Pathology

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by Hubert J. Van Peenen, 554 pp, 15 illus, $6.50, Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(13):1013. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120130099032

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Why this book is important can be set down in one sentence. It is a primer in paperback for pathology students.

As a primer, the Essentials of Pathology excels. The author, an associate professor of pathology at the University of Missouri, is, above all else, a teacher. He defines terms, gives facts, and describes disease— all in a few words. He doesn't crowd pages with references; he doesn't confuse readers with histological hoopla; he gives essentials.

As a paperback, the book is attractive. The cover is soft but sturdy; the binding stands up under abuse; and the pages have just enough gloss to take print well and be readable. Why do I dwell on the book's physical qualities? I have two reasons: (1) book buyers care how their books look, and (2) paperbacks can form the nucleus of a handsome inexpensive library for the student.

As a book for pathology