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December 13, 1971

Concepts of Disease: A Textbook of Human Pathology

Author Affiliations

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Washington, DC

JAMA. 1971;218(11):1708. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190240060033

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The appearance of a new book that attempts to cover the entire field of pathology always elicits special interest among academic pathologists, and in this instance there is naturally considerable curiosity to see what such highly regarded and well-known pathologists as Gall and Brunson have been able to create. The authors justify the need for another textbook of pathology because "changing patterns and diverse forms of medical education dictate need for a somewhat different approach to the study of disease and its manifestations." They have attempted to accomplish their objective by interrelating cellular alterations with disease states, blending general and systemic pathology, liberally interspersed with clinically oriented information. In this manner they hope that students will be enabled to visualize more clearly the relation between structural and functional alterations and the signs and symptoms of disease.

The editors have met their objective well. However, a few disjointed areas are apparent