The second edition of Histology represents the collaborative effort of 22 distinguished microscopists. The extensive background of research experience possessed by the authors has enabled them to produce a book which is probably the most up-to-date and authoritative in the field. Several chapters reach a high level of excellence. For example, the expositions by Padykula on human placentation and by Cogan and Kuvabara on the eye are exceptionally clear, complete, and well-illustrated. As in most textbooks written by multiple authors, the different chapters reflect a considerable range of writing style and varied approaches to the presentation of subject matter. Nevertheless, the text is generally lucid.
A new textbook which will be used primarily by medical students should be evaluated in relation to the rapidly changing character of the medical curriculum. The teaching of microscopic anatomy is being affected in at least two ways. First, there is a strong trend toward