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November 3, 1978

Atlas of Diagnostic Cytology

Author Affiliations

Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1978;240(19):2101. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290190079041

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Aspiration Cytology of the Breast (Volker Schnider, trans), by Hubert Schondorf, 141 pp, 92 illus, np, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1978.

Two new books on cytology are available. One confines itself to a specialized procedure in a specific area—aspiration biopsy of the breast; the second is a text of general clinical cytology that describes both exfoliative cytology and aspiration biopsies.

The Atlas of Diagnostic Cytology covers systemic cytology with an introductory chapter on the components of a cell as viewed by electron microscopy and a chapter on cytogenetics. Although this is a broad spectrum for a 227-page atlas, the author does a commendable job. The more than 350 color plates, although they measure only 6.1×3.8 cm, are beautifully clear. The photographs are chiefly of Papanicolaou preparations as well as a few illustrations of cells, air dried and stained by May-Grunwald-Giemsa, histochemical stains, and fluorescent stains. There are also some corresponding illustrations of