August 1984

Lung Biopsy Interpretation

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by Eugene J. Mark, 284 pp, with illus, $55, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(8):980. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390200094027

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This small but comprehensive book admirably achieves its stated goal of providing a systematic approach to the morphologic interpretation of lung-biopsy specimens.

Chapter 1 presents the author's philosophical approach to the integration of biopsy findings with the patient's clinical history and chest roentgenogram. Also included are well-constructed, algorithmic figures of systematic approaches to the interpretation of pulmonary disease. Chapter 2 compares varying biopsy techniques with the resultant size of the specimen and primary diagnostic indications. Pathologic techniques are also outlined. Chapter 3 morphologically divides the lung into nine anatomic compartments. The normal histology of each compartment is elegantly and completely described. The third chapter also addresses artifacts introduced by specific biopsy techniques.

The remaining 17 chapters provide a systematic approach to pulmonary pathology based on broad classes of disease and the anatomic compartments of the lung. Each chapter begins with a list of diagnostic possibilities for that particular class or

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