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According to the authors, this book is a concise description of the anatomical changes encountered at the autopsy, and, as such, it is to serve as a guide for the undergraduate and trainee-pathologist. It is assumed that the autopsy physician will be investigating a known or proven disease and, by use of this text, will know what to look for and be able to evaluate his findings. Objective descriptions of anatomical changes, for the purpose of accurate identification, are sparingly employed, whereas no consideration is given to differential diagnosis. It is further assumed that the autopsy is always "complete." For example, in the discussion of kidney and heart, no mention is made of the finding of hamartomas or a rhabdomyoma, respectively, which should direct the attention of the examiner to investigate the brain for tuberous sclerosis. On the other hand, these are mentioned under "Tuberous Sclerosis." The student of pathology
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