The fourth edition of this now classic text was reviewed in these pages in 1958. Only 46 pages longer, this edition has 182 more illustrations, a 22% increase in page size, and the more readable double-column format. The slightly increased cost still makes the book reasonable, considering its high technical quality and many illustrations. Novak and Woodruff remain primarily responsible for content, with two exceptions. Once again R. C. L. Nesbitt has written the chapters on placentation and abortion and J. K. Frost the section on cytopathology. The latter, which is clear, concise, pertinent, and thorough, is one of the highlights of the book.
The order and subject heading have been changed little, but content has in many cases been extensively revised and brought up to date. Many current references have been added to the bibliographies and less valuable ones dropped.
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