Dr Smith has assembled full-color photographs of gross and microscopic specimens representing 140 different diseases of several of the organ systems of the body. To these he has added succinct case reports providing symptoms and findings as well as some of the natural history of the conditions presented. These reports and a comment regarding the pathological material are arranged to immediately precede or follow the photographs.
The book is organized so each system is introduced with a description of a normal organ (heart, lung, brain, kidney, thyroid, and adrenal gland) and then is followed with clinical examples of infarction, inflammation, degenerative disease, neoplasia, and miscellaneous entities. Descriptions of the gross material are excellent, but the briefer discussions of the histopathological appearance could be expanded.
A larger page format would have permitted greater clarity of some of the gross specimens, but more important the photomicrographs would then have been able to