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June 24, 1950

Green's Manual of Pathology

JAMA. 1950;143(8):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910430069044

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A textbook that has survived almost three quarters of a century and has gone through 17 editions must have contained something of value in each edition, even though it has been subjected to revision by different authors. This edition benefits in regard to continuity because the author has been responsible for the revision of previous editions. It contains some new material and a few new illustrations, including colored plates. There is replacement of some of the former illustrations and moderate revision of text. The book is a manual, as is evident by the lack of references. The most outstanding characteristic of the text is the repeated emphasis on pathology as a dynamic process. This viewpoint is clearly delineated in the first chapter, which is the best chapter in the book and is worthy of careful reading. The book is too large to read with ease and the binding is poor.

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