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Book and Media Reviews
March 8, 2006

Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(10):1190-1194. doi:10.1001/jama.295.10.1191-a

“And how many hours a day did you do lessons?” said Alice, in a hurry to change the subject.
 “Ten hours the first day,” said the Mock Turtle: “nine the next, and so on.”
 “What a curious plan!” exclaimed Alice.
 “That's the reason they're called lessons,” the Gryphon remarked: “because they lessen from day to day.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alas, the lessons of medicine, including those of pathology, do not follow Carroll's intriguing plan. On the contrary, each successive edition of every pathology textbook becomes more voluminous. The fourth edition of Silverberg, appearing 9 years after the third, is no exception and is more massive than ever: the two volumes together weigh nearly 20 lb.