Grading Key •k-kkk-k = outstanding; kk-k-k = excellent; ■kkk = good; ick =fair; k = poor.
chapters deal with special problems of monozygous twinning, including vascular connections and intertwin transfusion. The final chapter focuses on triplets and higher combinations. Strengths: Well written and clinically relevant, Dr. Baldwin's book engages readers with an in-depth, lucid, and scholarly presentation about placentation. Excellent black-and-white photographs augment the text. Deficiencies: I noted no deficiencies in this text. Recommended Audience: Many types of physicians and biologists, including neonatologists, obstetricians, pathologists, pediatricians, perinatologists, and research biologists. Overall Grading: * * * *
Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, 2nd ed (in 2 vols), edited by Stephen S. Sternberg, Donald A. Antonioli, Darryl Carter, Stacey E. Mills, and Harold A. Oberman, 2,474 pp, with illus, $325, New York, Raven Press (telephone: 212-930-9500), 1994, ISBN 07817-0043-4 Type of Book: A multiauthored text that focuses on practical diagnostic surgical pathology. Scope of Book: A comprehensive reference source that covers virtually all areas of surgical pathology. Contents: Practical differential diagnosis, including application of modern diagnostic techniques, is emphasized. The editors have enlisted an impressive group of contributors who have succeeded in providing practical and useful information in a user-friendly format. This edition has four new chapters that address nonneoplastic diseases of bone, bone tumors, the ear, eye, and ocular adnexa, and the penis, respectively. In addition, several chapters (those on paragangliomas, the heart, and testicular and paratesticular neoplasms) have been authored by new contributors and are meaningful improvements to an excellent text. The remaining chapters have been variably revised, and the bibliographies have been updated. For the most part, the chapters are extensively and appropriately referenced and include citations as recent as 1993. Strengths: The strength of this text is in the quality of the writing and the focus on day-to-day diagnostic problems. The quality of the photomicrographs is generally excellent, and the use of color photography has been expanded in comparison with the first edition. Deficiencies: Although the editors are to be commended for maintaining high standards, the quality of the figures varies from occasionally average to superb. Fortunately, this variation exists within a fairly narrow range and does not detract from the overall value of the text. Recommended Audience: Pathologists, pathologists in training, and surgeons who want a single comprehensive reference source for questions on diagnostic surgical pathology. A "must have" for all medical libraries. Overall Grading: kkkk Jeffrey L. Myers, M.D., Division of Anatomic Pathology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota
Pathology of Multiple Pregnancy, by Virginia J. Baldwin, 409 pp, with illus, $165, New York, Springer-Verlag (telephone: 800-7774643), 1994, ISBN 0-387-94011-1 Type of Book: A single-authored monograph that focuses on multiple pregnancy. Scope of Book: Carefully crafted, the book emphasizes, in 11 chapters, important new concepts of placental pathophysiology. Contents: The first chapters cover basic human biology—twinning mechanisms, the placenta in multiple pregnancy, and obstetric aspects of multiple pregnancy. The middle chapters discuss anomalous development and morbidity and mortality of twins. Later Mayo Clin Proc 1994; 69:301-304
Thomas A. Gaffey, M.D., Division of Surgical Pathology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota
Immunology of Liver Transplantation, edited by James Neuberger and David Adams, 301 pp, with illus, $129.50, London, Edward Arnold (distributed by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, telephone: 800-343-9204), 1993, ISBN 0-340-55310-3 Type of Book: A multiauthored text focused on three important broad topics regarding the immunology of liver transplantation: ( 1 ) general basic science aspects of the immune system, (2) immune mechanisms in rejection, and (3) clinical aspects of rejection. Scope of Book: The book was written to serve as a bridge between immunologists and clinicians involved in liver transplantation. In meeting this objective, the book is appropriately focused and limits its content to relevant, overlapping basic science and clinical information. Contents: The book has 21 chapters and is divided into 3 sections. The first section deals with established principles of T- and B-cell function and their effector molecules. The information is concisely reviewed. In the second section, mechanisms and current concepts concerning antigen presentation, tolerance, allograft rejection, and xenograft rejection are provided; the pertinent information is evaluated and placed into perspective. The last section covers clinical aspects of rejection. Clinical definitions and criteria for diagnosis and management are discussed. The clinical consequences of HLA and ABO matching and mismatching are analyzed. There is a brief synopsis of promising new immunosuppressive drugs and their mechanisms of action. Strengths: The book is concise, readable, and one of the few sources available that compiles state-of-the-art knowledge on the topic of allograft rejection after liver transplantation. The balance between basic science and clinical information is appropriate, complementary, and useful. Deficiencies: The information on inflammatory cytokines is unbalanced, focusing on interleukin 1 and excluding other cytokines. Information on the role of B7 as an effector molecule is lacking. The chapter on animal models of liver transplantation contains information published in other reviews by the same author. The chapters on organ preservation and opportunistic infections are beyond the scope and theme of the book. More information on the
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