Medical-school faculty members can be divided into potential textbook writers and researchers. Nowadays the latter generally have more prestige. As a consequence, textbook-writing is no longer a surefooted path to great renown and, since competition between books is lively, not even a reliable panacea for the relief of economic distress. This latest addition to the growing list of new textbooks on pathology has much that is commendable, and it should find favor with a multitude of second-year medical students. It represents a happy compromise between crenated, compact digests and obese, encyclopedic volumes replete with fine print. Fallis' book is crammed with factual information and should get its readers safely through their various jousts with examiners, whether these be institutional or national. For the inquisitive or competitive-minded student there are ample lists of references at the end of each section.
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