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June 1973

Color Atlas of General Pathology.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(6):944. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320120184025

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What is the appeal for American physicians of an atlas of colored pictures, mostly photomicrographs, prepared in England for medical students? Mainly it offers a colorful and relaxing review of pathology for those who wish they remembered more about the tissue changes in disease. The 433 colored illustrations form the bulk of the book. Generally they are attractive and sometimes beautiful. A minority of about one in every 20 are either poorly reproduced, out of focus, or mediocre fields.

Text makes up about 10% of the book, and it is not up to the standard of the illustrations. Reticulin, for example, is described as argentaffin (p 15) instead of argyrophilic. It is stated that most cells have mitochondria (p 15) and later that all cells contain mitochondria (p 20), forgetting erythrocytes. The student may be confused in his evaluation of the material (p 181) where a "sarcoid granuloma in the

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