Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In what probably is the first volume of a series devoted to the terminology of the medical specialties, the authors have attempted to simplify the vocabulary of pathology and clinical pathology for paramedical personnel. As the allied medical workers, “including nurses, nursing assistants, ward clerks, operating room and admitting or out patient clinical personnel, medical technologists, medical secretaries, and medical record technicians” increase in number, they will need some special education if they are to function efficiently.

This book is a rather uneven teaching glossary. Small sections are devoted to simple discussions of elementary problems in pathology such as “regeneration and repair.” Included are complex and unnecessarily detailed definitions. The following is quoted from “Gamma globulins” (page 148: …). “The 19S component is comprised of two fractions: γ, A (β A), with a molecular weight of 150,000 to 500,000 and γ M (β M), with a molecular weight of 1,000,000. Most antibacterial (except for gram-negative rods) and antiviral antibodies are 7S, and most of the antibodies against gram-negative rods, reagins, blood group iso-agglutinins, cold agglutinins, antipenicillin, and the RA factor are 19S.”


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