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June 15, 1964

Surgical Pathology

JAMA. 1964;188(11):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060370075039

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To the harried surgical pathology resident, viewing the day's collection of tissue sections, come recurrent moments of doubt and indecision. With "Ackerman" at hand much of this uncertainty should be dispelled. This is a highly practical volume, its textual matter concise and pithy, its abundant photographs well selected, clear, and revealing. The writing has an authoritative flavor although occasionally appearing somewhat arbitrary.

The authors and their collaborators have broad experience in the day-to-day problems of the surgical pathology laboratory. This is reflected in a keen awareness of pitfalls related to mismanagement of histological technique and problems stemming from lack of valid clinical information. These and other matters are discussed in relaxed and homely fashion. A refreshing conversational style makes for ease of reading but occasionally some jargon appears (eg, "any specimen containing pathology," "congenital thyroid gland").

Excellent chapters on disorders of the skin, central nervous system, and the eye have

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