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Book and Media Reviews
March 17, 2010

Bone Pathology

JAMA. 2010;303(11):1097-1100. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.290

This is the second, retitled, edition of A Compendium of Skeletal Pathology published in 2000. As in the first edition, the intention of the editor, Jasvir Khurana, is to provide a bench-side companion for surgical pathologists. The current edition provides a broad view of numerous topics but does not consider them in depth and so would serve best as a quick reference. The cost of the book will likely limit its availability in medical libraries. The option of an electronic version for individual and institutional access is a plus and will provide wider and ready access for clinicians via the Internet. The book would also be useful for biologists with an interest in bone and cartilage development for comparative study of the pathological skeletal changes associated with various animal models. Indeed, I have used the bone tumor section of this book to evaluate the pathological changes in a mouse model for a “bone tumor” derived from the activation of a signaling pathway in osteoblasts.

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