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June 23, 1978

Surgical Pathology of the Uterus

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland

JAMA. 1978;239(25):2699-2700. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280520071030

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While gynecologic pathology textbooks are disease oriented, this monograph focuses on the how's and why's of tissue processing and interpretation. Dr Silverberg explains his approach to the specimen in precise and practical detail, with a strong emphasis on clinicopathologic interaction. Chapter headings read like tissue examination request forms, eg, endometrial biopsy for infertility, endometrial curettage for abnormal vaginal bleeding, hysterectomy for malignant disease, hysterectomy for benign disease, specimens from women exposed to diethylstilbesterol. Clinical considerations that come within the purview of the surgical pathologist are discussed. These range from microscopic variables that are prognostically important to pathologically normal hysterectomy cases that will be referred to the tissue committee.

Interpretive aspects are clearly and concisely explained in a smooth, readable style. The author, directly addressing controversial areas, explains his own viewpoint, with solid support from an up-to-date bibliography (113 references). Rare lesions are not comprehensively discussed, but are mentioned where appropriate.

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