As the question, "What is surgical pathology?" has so frequently been put to me by the graduates of years past, by several general pathologists to institutions having no such departments connected with their respective colleges, and especially since the question was very recently asked by one of the visiting German pathologists attending the recent convention, I feel that an effort to elucidate this question may not be amiss.
Naturally, this question comprehends the nature of surgical pathology and the reason for making it a special department of pathology or, more properly, of surgery. When we speak of surgical pathology, we refer especially to those portions of pathology which deal with conditions directly amenable to surgical treatment and investigation and which can be studied either in the living individual or out of him while he still lives. It naturally deals with the grosser abnormalities, but especially with those parasites of the