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July 21, 1962

A Textbook of Pathology

JAMA. 1962;181(3):276. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050290098027

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With the world of medicine advancing with bewildering rapidity in many directions it is refreshing to see a standard textbook brought up to date so competently with a vigorous, continuing, and generally successful effort to present pathology to the undergraduate student, house officer, or practicing physician rather than just for the pathologist, talking to the pathologist.

Though medical knowledge increases at an exponential rate, the mind of the physician still is pretty much the 2-dimensional machine it has always been. The great effort to keep up with the expanding complexity of the medical world has increased in difficulty. Data accumulate so much faster than any solution for the problems can be found.

One refreshing exception among textbooks is Boyd's treatise on Pathology. It manages to encompass a vast body of material, surprisingly up-to-date, integrated very wisely with clinical clues without aiming to be a textbook of medicine. Its main emphasis,

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