Volume 23, Issue 1 (January 1978)
A Review of Muir's Textbook of Pathology
According to the preface, this book is intended as an illustrated text of pathology suitable for medical students, yet sufficiently comprehensive for graduate trainees. Both should be quite well served by this multi-authored textbook. The organization is traditional general pathology progressing to systemic pathology, with some duplication which is crossreferenced with paginations. A number of outstanding sections are clear, lucid, and well illustrated. These are of the quality that should admirably serve as a “review of current concepts” for the practicing (forensic) pathologist. Particularly impressive is the section on the respiratory system, while the sections on the immune response, immunopathology, bone repair, pyrexia, and radiation injury are excellent although not exhaustive. Other sections of this textbook do not share these strengths. Congenital heart disease and viral diseases are given short shrift; the breast section is marred by poor illustration, and breast malignancies are classified as “spheroidal-cell” and “encephaloid” carcinoma, a classification somewhat at variance with that of the World Health Organization.