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June 21, 1958

Methods in Surgical Pathology

JAMA. 1958;167(8):1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990250125026

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Abstract

This short manual describes the fundamental maneuvers which the author has found useful, as a pathologist, in examining specimens removed at operation. Particularly valuable are the emphasis on block selection and processing, the indication of inadequacy when simple diagnostic "tagging" rather than prognosis is the result of the examination, and the need for a 24-hour schedule between operation and report. Since this is a personal production, some pathologists may find minor points of difference with various portions of the book. All would not agree with the hesitancy about the use of frozen sections on endometrium, brain, thyroid, and lymph nodes, although the admission must be made that a definite diagnosis may have to be deferred until paraffin sections are examined on this group of tissues. Despite minor criticisms, the book is a pioneer effort which fills a serious need. In the hands of a first-year resident in pathology or a

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