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Advances in Anatomic Pathology:
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Board Review Series: Pathology, 4th Ed.

Renshaw, Andrew MD

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Department of Pathology, Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL

Board Review Series: Pathology, 4th Ed.


Title: Board Review Series: Pathology, 4th edition

Author: Arthur S. Schneider, MD and Philip A. Szanto, MD

Publishers: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Year/City/ISBN: 2009/Philadelphia/978-0-7817-7941-8

Pages: 464

Price: $39.95


This is the fourth edition of this review book in pathology. It is aimed primarily at students seeking review material for boards or similar qualifying examinations. As such, it is meant as a supplement to more in depth pathology texts, and is centered around a series of review questions and answers. In addition, there is a comprehensive examination at the end of the book. Almost all the questions are in vignette form. Overall, the book does an excellent job of summarizing the vast amount of pathologic information all medical students and doctors in training generally need to know.

This edition includes color photographs for the first time, many of which come directly from Rubin's general pathology text. The text is organized along the lines of most major general pathology text books, and includes 8 chapters on general pathology followed by chapters organized by anatomy and organ system, and a very brief chapter on statistical concepts of laboratory medicine. Key concepts are noted by the inclusion of a picture of a key in the text.

This book is not intended for most practicing pathologists. However, it can serve as a nice review of general pathology for those who are interested in this topic, or may need to review it as part of a recertification process. The outline is clear and well organized, and the questions and answers are a nice interactive way to review this material. Although I can quibble with some of the statements not being quite accurate (for example, “the diagnosis of prostate carcinoma is most often by rectal exam” is not really true), overall I was impressed with how well the authors have successfully simplified the very large field that we all practice in to a manageable level.

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Andrew Renshaw, MD

Department of Pathology, Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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