Both medical students and practitioners recognize Todd and Sanford as one of the leading texts in clinical pathology and laboratory medical science. Its newest edition, the 17th, follows the same format as the previous edition, published in 1979, and has the same editor and many of the same contributors. A comparison between the two versions is in order.
For the student, the new edition reflects advances made in medical laboratory science in the intervening five years. These changes are evident in all the major chapters: clinical chemistry, microscopy, immunopathology, microbiology, and hematology. Tables that had blank spaces in the 16th edition are now completed in the newest edition. The student will appreciate this newness; however, the book assumes a basic understanding of patholophysiology.
For the practitioner, the 17th edition has a clearer clinical orientation than did the previous one. While some contributors display more clinical orientation than others, all chapters