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December 28, 1984

Clinical and Functional Histology for Medical Students

Author Affiliations

St Louis University School of Medicine

JAMA. 1984;252(24):3422-3423. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350240066054

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When a reviewer and an author differ drastically on what is important, the least forgiving and forgivable review can be expected. This textbook of histology for medical students leaves out all the excitement of cell biology inherent in a modern introduction to human microscopic structure and, instead, substitutes a brief introduction to physiology and pathology.

The limited index is also a problem; neither basal lamina nor basement membrane appears, neither alveolar pneumocyte nor any other term I could think of for the alveolar lining cells was present; but union, primary and secondary, was mentioned along with ultramicrotome and uvula. Nevertheless, pneumocytes are described in the section on lung, basement membrane appears in a diagram of a renal glomerulus, and basal lamina is identified in a drawing of thick skin, and probably elsewhere.

The chapter on the respiratory system was 43 pages. Discourse on the lungs occupied a total of 104.5