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March 1972

Concepts of Disease: A Textbook of Human Pathology.

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La Jolla, Calif

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(3):268. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110090138035

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This is no classical textbook of pathology but an attempt to bring to the medical student a synopsis, the "core" of man's diseases. Thirty-eight authors present in 28 chapters all that is usually contained under the two headings of general and systemic pathology. Unlike the usual text, here the two are interwoven to make comprehension easier. At times, the formidable task is admirably solved, in some areas the attempt has failed. The problem lies with the variably perfect execution by the many different authors who may have conceived the entirety of the text differently, as is so often the case in multiauthored books. On the whole, however, it contains all that a medical student should know of the subject. The text is most suitable for continuous reading alongside a course rather than for looking up specific details and it is thus surprising that an abundance of literature references is presented,

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