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April 29, 1961

Synopsis of Pathology

JAMA. 1961;176(4):394. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040170140041

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The author of this continuously popular hand-book of pathology has made a significant effort to include in the new edition many of the recently recognized disease entities described in the past few years, as well as changing concepts of the previously described diseases. Changes in the format include moving all references to a separate section of the book. Because of this, the book is only slightly larger than previous editions, despite the addition of a great deal of new material.

As might well be expected in a text covering such a broad subject, occasional changes have escaped attention. The number of groups of streptococci have grown from 4 to 14, and the increasing complexity of blood coagulation probably deserves more than a sentence telling of the identification of new factors, with new hypotheses. Today's students are taught that Pseudomonas aeruginosa was formerly called Bacillus pyocyaneus, and they may be confused

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