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September 19, 1977

Muir's Textbook of Pathology

JAMA. 1977;238(12):1298. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280130080028

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Muir's Textbook of Pathology, a multiauthored text designed for medical students, physicians, and pathology residents, presents a basic approach for those learning pathology. The book is a revised version of previous editions and includes new photographic material and recent experimental findings. The first part of the book covers basic pathology, including descriptions of cell injury response, inflammation, immunologic disorders, and neoplasia. The second half highlights pathological changes in systemic organs and organ systems.

As with most textbooks, this work makes no attempt to provide comprehensive coverage of individual subjects but gives an overview of material. The sections covering infection, inflammation, immunology, and wound healing offer a concise "state-of-the-art" presentation. Photographs for these sections are generally of good quality. The sections describing degenerative changes, although abbreviated, cover the material satisfactorily. Unorthodox terminology and sparse descriptive material make the general section on neoplasia somewhat confusing.

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