Pathology Annual

Volume 6, 1971, edited by Sheldon C. Sommers, M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, N. Y. viii + 576 pages, illustrated. Appleton-Century-Crofts, Educational Division, Meredith Corporation, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, N. Y. 10016. 1971. $16.50

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As Medicine changes, so does Pathology. Over the last half dozen years, the summary articles appearing in “Pathology Annual” have reflected the “Explosion of Knowledge” which is taking place; increasingly, background information on physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, or epidemiology is being incorporated to bring the core subject matter into clearer context. The major emphasis is still on the interpretation of tissue changes by the working pathologist, but many articles should be useful reading matter for other scientists or physicians.

In the latest (1971) volume, three articles are directly relevant to tropical medicine: those on Anthrax, by W. Dutz and E. Kohout of Shiraz University, on Burkitt's Lymphoma by D. H. Wright, and on Melanoma by M. G. Lewis. All three can be well recommended.

The anthrax article is perhaps the most unique; it reflects a substantial personal experience in a subject which to most of us is merely textbook knowledge.

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