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June 1947

Synopsis of Pathology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;79(6):685. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220120115009

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This second edition of the deservedly popular text first published in 1942 reveals additions and improvements in almost every chapter. One is impressed by the generally excellent black and white photomicrographs but disappointed in a number of the color plates, of which numbers 3, 6, 8, 13, 14 and 15 are particularly poor in histologic detail. One wonders why the author chose two photomicrographs to illustrate Treponema pallidum in tissues but gave no photomicrographs of syphilitic chancre or granuloma inguinale and why three photomicrographs of mesothelioma of the pleura, a rare lesion, are shown but none of the lesions observed in asthma, silicosis or lipid pneumonia, which are common. In general, however, the morphologic aspects of disease, gross and microscopic, are well described and unusually well illustrated by numerous photographs.

Statements such as that appearing on page 193, that "nearly all true aneurysms of the aorta are of syphilitic origin,"

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