This edition of a well-known German textbook of histology retains the familiar format of the previous edition. Principal changes from the earlier volume are in those areas in which electron microscopy has contributed much to current knowledge of cell and tissue morphology and function; as a consequence of this aspect of present-day biological research, those sections have been revised extensively. Many new illustrations, chiefly electron micrographs and diagrams derived from electron microscope studies, have been added. The text has been revised to include discussion and comment on these pertinent findings. Examples of the newer material include illustrations of the ultrastructure of peripheral myelinated nerve fibers, nonmyelinated nerve fibers, nodes of Ranvier, synapses, thrombocytes, lung capillaries, sperm cells, skin, mammary gland, retinal rod cells, and crista ampullaris.
As do previous editions, this volume stresses the significance of morphology not in the static descriptive sense but in its relation to function as