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Comprehensive Cytopathology, 3rd Ed.

Renshaw, Andrew MD

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Department of Pathology, Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL

Comprehensive Cytopathology, 3rd Ed.


Title: Comprehensive Cytopathology, 3rd edition

Editors: Marluce Bibbo, MD and David C. Wilbur, MD

Publishers: Saunders/Elsevier

Year/City/ISBN: 2008/Philadelphia/ 978-1-4160-4208-2

Pages: 1120


This is a new edition of this important cytology textbook, and a must have for anyone who is serious about cytology. Unfortunately, like its previous editions this textbook elicits a mixed reaction from me. I used the original edition to study for the cytology boards, and at that time it was one of the best references available in cytology. I did not bother to buy the second edition because it was not significantly different from the first edition. With this third edition, Dr Bibbo has added a new editor, Dr Wilbur to oversee the chapters on gynecologic cytology. These chapters as a whole are excellent, and are substantially revised and updated from the previous editions. The information is well organized, and the topics discussed are relevant and include such timely issues as human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and automation. Overall the pictures are of the appropriate magnification and in sharp focus. I have no reservations about recommending these chapters to my colleagues and residents who are interested in the subject.

The chapters on nongynecologic cytology are much more uneven. Many of these chapters are similar to the ones in the original edition. In some cases this is not a problem. For example, the chapter on fluids by Dr Naylor manages to remain the same yet feel as though the author has kept himself up to date with the current literature and successfully incorporated the new material into the chapter. Again the photographs are of the appropriate magnification and are in sharp focus. Unfortunately several other chapters are not as successful at seeming up to date as this one.

Having said this, the text remains a classic cytology textbook and a necessary reference for most cytologists. As the authors note, cytology is in a period of great transition. With the introduction of HPV testing, HPV vaccines, and automation, the field of gynecologic cytology screening may be approaching a peak in terms of accuracy and advances. However, many trends suggest that nongynecologic cytology has room for many more advances in the future. I look forward to the fourth edition of this textbook documenting these changes.

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Andrew Renshaw, MD

Department of Pathology, Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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