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March 25, 1968


Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore

JAMA. 1968;203(13):1145-1146. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140130057026

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Concise textbooks may become increasingly popular, particularly in a subject as immense as pathology. Unfortunately, schools today often tend to emphasize detail at the expense of understanding, and after the examination, the student may remember little. He dearly needs short, clearly written textbooks, but truth must not be sacrificed for brevity. Therefore, only when the elisions oversimplify does anyone find them objectionable. Pinniger and Tighe's Pathology is a reasonable compromise. It has the clarity characteristic of modern British writing. Rightly it attempts to tell its story simply and with a minimum of reliance on description or statistics.

This book can be valuable if the curriculum will insure the use of more complete texts where necessary. For any medical student it cannot stand as the only reference in the subject, though it might suffice for nursing students.

The established physician may gain by reading through it, if only to learn in