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Book and Media Reviews
May 12, 2010

Head and Neck Pathology: Atlas for Histologic and Cytologic Diagnosis

JAMA. 2010;303(18):1866-1869. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.602

With this textbook, Robert Robinson has succeeded in his goal of providing “a practical image-based reference of common head and neck lesions that the general pathologist may see in daily practice.” Although intended for the practicing general pathologist, the excellent text, accompanied by high-quality photographs, should also serve as a useful reference guide for pathology residents and clinicians dealing with head and neck pathology.

The book is divided into 9 chapters according to the different anatomical sites or organs in the head and neck region. Each well-organized chapter offers a practical approach covering reactive and inflammatory lesions, benign tumors, and malignant tumors. For each entity discussed, the author begins with a definition and background, followed in order by clinical findings, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment and prognosis. The pathology section includes illustrated descriptions of the histologic features and cytologic features (where applicable), as well as immunohistochemistry. Useful caveats and practical points are included as comments in separate colored text boxes throughout the different sections.