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Books, Journals, New Media
October 8, 2003

Surgical PathologySurgical Pathology

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1923. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1923-a

Any textbook devoted to covering the vast field of diagnostic surgical pathology must balance its coverage of the rapidly growing technical advances, especially on the molecular and immunohistochemical front, with thorough descriptions of the basic material. The editors and contributors of Modern Surgical Pathology, 76 in all, have given us a valuable addition to our literature, which certainly deserves a place on the surgical pathologist's bookshelf.

In the introductory chapters, we find practical material on specimen handling, the latest on information systems (voice recognition, telepathology, etc), theoretical aspects and current applications of both immunohistochemistry and molecular biology (including a glossary of molecular biologic terms), various medicolegal issues that the diagnostic surgical pathologist may encounter, and select topics related to quality improvement. The chapter on electron microscopy will remind many of us that there are still uses for this instrument in histopathologic differential diagnosis, despite the great strides over the years in molecular biology and immunohistochemistry. The section devoted to intraoperative consultation in surgical pathology should be required reading for all anatomic pathology residents (and attending physicians)—and it certainly would not compromise patient care if copies were made available to the hospital's surgical staff as well!