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July 18, 1977

Exfoliative Cytopathology

Author Affiliations

Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1977;238(3):256. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280030062030

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It is a pleasure to explore the second edition of Naib's Exfoliative Cytopathology, now expanded from 398 to 531 pages. This authoritative volume, as in the first edition, correlates disease processes with exfoliated cells from sources throughout the body. Included are detailed descriptions of cellular morphology as well as noteworthy diagnostic pitfalls.

A new feature is a unique chapter on dermatocytopathology. Here Naib demonstrates cells from infectious diseases and nonspecific inflammation as well as malignant neoplasms. Additional sections include synovial effusions and the cytology of the eye. Praiseworthy, too, is the expansion and emphasis throughout of bacterial and fungal infections as well as cell alterations secondary to viral disease.

In three areas the text might have been amplified. First, despite Naib's statement in the first edition that there is no exhaustive review of the literature, the second edition is even less comprehensive, with only limited references beyond 1970. Second, there