Atlas of the Histology of Brain Tumors, by Klaus J. Zülch, 261 pp, 100 illus, $22.60, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1971.
An atlas should provide a pictorial guide to the learning of a particular subject, and it rises or falls on the selection and quality of reproduced material. While the reviewer recognizes the need for a current atlas of neuropathology, Zack's fails to meet this objective.
The atlas contains sections with the following headings: cellular neuropathology, vascular disease, trauma, infections, diseases of myelin, hydrocephalus, degenerative diseases, metabolic diseases, tumors, dysgenetic syndromes, and diseases of skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve. Each section begins with a short introductory text, followed by clinical summaries facing each plate. References placed at the end of each section guide the reader to original descriptions and major review articles.
The prospective buyer will object to the large number of nearly blank pages. The author's selection of gross specimens,