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June 24, 1983

The Clinician's Guide to Diagnostic Cytology

Author Affiliations

Rochester General Hospital Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1983;249(24):3384-3385. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330480076040

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The Clinician's Guide to Diagnostic Cytology is a monograph with a mission. The authors assert that diagnostic cytology is underutilized because it is poorly covered in most undergraduate and postgraduate medical curricula. They advocate greater utilization of cytology as a front-line diagnostic tool in the ambulatory setting. Written by an expert cytologist and the associate director of a family medicine training program, the book presents practical guidelines for the primary care physician for deciding where, when, why, and for whom diagnostic cytology may be of value. The monograph is endorsed by Dr Leopold Koss, long recognized as one of the world's leading experts in cytology, and has clearly earned this endorsement. It delivers what it promises.

Written in a concise, well-illustrated style, with appropriate tables and figures, the monograph is readable and holds one's interest. Faced with a diagnostic problem, the practitioner can reach for this book and quickly get