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In his preface the author states that the purpose of this atlas is to help meet the difficulties in making histologic diagnoses that are often encountered by residents in various specialties, senior medical students and physicians who "only occasionally" are confronted with such tasks. Apart from a preface of two pages listing 18 standard reference works, one page of text introductory to the section on exfoliative cytology and an index, the book consists of 880 photomicrographs with brief histologic descriptions averaging about 45 words to each photomicrograph.
In general, the photomicrographs are of good quality and well reproduced. The histologic descriptions are perfunctory.
No person who lacked thorough training in pathology could obtain much benefit from this book, and any experienced pathologist would be familiar with most of the lesions presented. Thus, the atlas has about the same value as a nice collection of black and white lantern slides such
Atlas of Histologic Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(2):270. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810080138028