This atlas was dedicated by the author to the University of Amsterdam on the day of its tercentenary. The specimens used for illustration were chosen for various reasons—some because they were wanted for a publication, others because the pathologic condition was rare or characteristic, others again because the author could not find in the literature a good drawing of the condition. Most of the illustrations are in colors, but the artist has avoided using an excess of color, a fault that impairs the value of many atlases. There was no intention of composing a complete atlas of pathology but rather to select specimens for drawing that would have some value for clinicians and pathologists.
The drawings are grouped according to organs involved. Nineteen illustrations exhibit lesions of the heart and blood vessels. In this group are illustrated various forms of endocarditis, syphilitic aortitis, malformations of the heart, canalization of a