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September 30, 1961

The Encyclopedia of Microscopy

JAMA. 1961;177(13):930. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040390044019

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The description of this book, on its dust cover, as an achievement of major importance and a superbly illustrated reference work, is amply justified. Among the 26 kinds of microscopy discussed are diffraction, infrared, interference, phase contrast, polarizing, and ultraviolet microscopy, as well as special methods of electron microscopy and various types (projection, reflection, and ultrasoft) of x-ray microscopy. Many important applications of these techniques in the medical sciences, in public health, and forensic medicine are suggested. The abundance of magnificent illustrations includes many of human and animal tissues, particularly the blood and connective tissues, and there is an extensive article on the application of x-ray microscopy to medicobiologic research. This book is the fruit of the work of a truly international team of English, Scotch, Canadian, South African, French, German, Swiss, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, and American microscopists, but it has been so carefully edited that no suggestion of this

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