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July 1969

Handbook of Diagnostic Cytology.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(1):120. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300170122032

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This handsome publication is a worthy successor to the works of Papanicolaou and Traut, Graham, and Koss. It is copiously illustrated with beautiful colored photographic illustrations of cytologic preparations, all magnified × 200, × 400 and × 800, making size comparisons easy. One should obey the injunction to examine the colored pictures under tungsten light illumination, since the colors appear opaque and unattractive in daylight or fluorescent light.

The text is a clear, concise distillate of cytologic wisdom which rewards close attention. It expresses the physician's approach to cytology clearly and thus may demonstrate to practitioners of medicine and pathology the current maturity of diagnostic cytology. It is of special educational value for trainees and cytologists. The chapter on pulmonary cytology is excellent, and that on staining techniques is the best we have seen. Section VIII, "Practical Problems in Differential Diagnosis," is notably instructive. The price is modest for a

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