March 1972

Atlas of the Histology of Brain Tumors

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC


By Klaus J. Zulch. Price, $22.60. Pp 261. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1971.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(3):359. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180030103030

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Each part of this atlas is repeated in six languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese). A detailed description of these tumors appeared in Handbuch der Neurochirurgie, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, 1956, vol 3, and this atlas is a condensed version of that work.

The atlas begins with a one-page preface followed by a five-page introduction. The introduction explains briefly the reasons for the classification that is preferred by the author. Problems of sampling, grading of malignancy, and differences between "clinical malignancy" and "biological (histological) malignancy" are discussed briefly.

The main body of the atlas consists of 100 full-page figures, most of which are arranged as four black-and-white light microscopic photographs on the right-hand pages with legends on the left-hand pages. Each legend is repeated in six languages. A short bibliography of less than two pages consists of commonly recognized textbooks, monographs, and historical publications with only a few specific articles.

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