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August 3, 1970

A Textbook of Pathology: Structure and Function in Disease

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois Chicago

JAMA. 1970;213(5):878. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170310156074

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It is often said of a textbook that it is good for students, graduates, practitioners, experts, and others, which kindly interpreted usually means that it is not particularly good for anyone. This book, as Dr. Boyd states very clearly not only in the preface but indirectly between every line in the book, is indeed a book for students, for undergraduate students.

This classic, now in its eighth edition, first appeared in 1932. It is a standard text, organized in the usual manner into two sections—Principles of Pathology and Regional Pathology (essentially organ pathology). The book has been updated by Dr. Boyd and newer concepts and information given a proper emphasis. It is well referenced, again from the viewpoint of the student, not for the graduate scientist doing a research project. The book makes a fairly effective integration of the mountains of facts and there is, in my opinion, a