Stedman's medical dictionary

Stedman's medical dictionary

BOOK REVIEWS DANIEL How, * The Park Ctty Report of the Assw &on MD Section BOOK REVIEWS Stedman’s Medical P.4. Williams Dictionary. & Wilkins...

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BOOK REVIEWS DANIEL How,

* The Park Ctty Report of the Assw &on

MD

Section

BOOK REVIEWS Stedman’s

Medical

P.4. Williams

Dictionary.

& Wilkins.

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by 2 years of additional tratning that could include adf’athology touowed ’ ” ditional g erlrral training, training in subspecialty research. or clinical trainKlg. t The AS(:P-sponsoxd Colorado SpI-ings Conferenw (bebruarr IYSY) sought to further define changes and ramifications of implcrncntation of the I’ark City Report rrcommendations.

ANDKA FROST, MD Past Chair, ASCP

Residents

of I’;ctholo~~ Chatrmen

to&r IYS8) [email protected]

Immediate Past Chair, ASCP Kesidents Section

William R. Hensyl. 1990, 1.784 pages, $38.95.

except vesica biliaris? Why then is the heart illustrated under heart (p 686) and not under car (p 351)s Poor Wilms! It is “see W.‘s tumor” (p 1.737) and “Wilms t.” (p 1,654). Glandula mammaria (p 649) is defined as “forms the breast” which is defined as “(I .) The anterior surface of the thorax” (p 2 10). Precise it is not. What is a poor student to do’ In spite of these comments, this is a readable dictionary that can be easily handled and is sure to give many vears of service. The foundations of medicine ure chanp’ng Just and will continue

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Stedman 25th Edition xxxi My first medical dictionary was a present from one of my college roommates on my admission to medical school. Since then, the collection has grown considerably. The oldest measures 7 x 4 inches, has 302 pages, was published in English in IHolland in 1684, has entries from abaptista (see modiolus [an instrument]) to zymosis (see fermentatio [a motion of particles]), and was authored by Stephen Blancard (nee Blankaart). The Stedman’s measures 10 X 7:s inches; has more than 1,784 pages; has approximately 100,000 emries from .4 to zymosterol (no entries for abaptista or zymosis); has 24 color plates, 125 tables, and numerous appendices and illustrations; and was authored by a distinguished panel of experts under the managing editorship of William R. Hensyl. ‘I‘he di’ctionary begins well over 100 pages beyond the cover. These preparatory pages include the “Dictionary at a Glance.” a list of contributors, the publisher’s preface, a “How to Use” section with six subparts, a medical etymology section which is the source of the above quote, a subentrv locator. the dictionary proper interestingly called “Vocabularv,” and five appendices. The printing is crisp and clear, with enough space left between lines to enable this trifocal wearer to read it easily, even though the print is small. The paper is substantial and the binding is secure to suggest a many years’ life span of heavy use. Having described it, how does one then review a dictionary? Certainly, a review of each entry is impossible. .I‘hese are slome of my observations as I looked for items of personal interest: the second definition of autopsy (p 158) is new to me; Dr Blalock (p 191) is correct, but incomplete; I like the definition of cytology (p 394). I find It hard to believe that Alexis F. Hartman (US Pediatrician 1898-1964) and Alexis F. Hartmann (US Pediatrician 1898-1964) are not one and the same (p 684). I believe he is a one N Hartmann. Dr E. C. Kendall (p 820) has reference “see K’s Compounds.” Compounds (p 336) has no entry for K. The Stewart of the Stewart Treves Syndrome (p 1478) is Fred W. Stewart and not Fred D. Most of the entries under proper names are very succinct, but appear correct. However, to describe Rudolph Virchow as a German pathologist and politician (p 1,716) does a disservice to this man. Why illustrate gallbladder under vesica biliaris (p 1.71 1) and why no definition under gallbladder (p 628)

to change with bewildering speed in each professional lifetime. It U essential therefore to start by learning to speak the language and think the thoughts of the biological. physicul and so&l science~~; these are the bases of the intellectual insight and skill necessuq for continuous re-examination and relCon of theory and practice.

Peter Richards Lancet 336:294. What

better

way than

WILLIAM H. HARTMANN, Department uf Pathology, Bruch,

with

this

medical

dictionary?-

MD, Medical Director of Pathology, Memorial Health .‘ierzfice\, Long

CA

Mechanisms of Disease, A Textbook of Comparative B. J. Cooper. eral Pathology, 2nd ed. David Slauson,

timore,

1990

MD, Williams

& Wilkins.

1990, 541 pages,

Gen-

Bal$49.50.

Are vou comfortable with fibronectin, lipomodulin. profilin. apoptosis, vimentin, desmin, clathrin, chemical mediators, lymphokines, interleukins, prostaglandins. “factors,” and other new words that we have been flooded with in recent years? Do you need to review basic concepts and terms in the fields of pathology, inflammation, and immunology so that you are more comfortable with the ideas in an article you are reading? If so, this book is for you. The authors state that they “aimed at beginning students of pathology” and that they tried to make the text a “sourcebook of basic material for residents and graduate students.” They have successfully served both audiences; the text is a good overview of all subject matter in pathobiology and immunology and it is also packed with plenty of in-depth and advanced concepts, the mastery of which is required by those working on pathology boards and advanced degrees. There are seven chapters: “Pathology-The Study of Disease, ” “Disease at the Cellular Level,” “Disturbances of Blood Flow and Circulation,” “Inflammation and Repair,” “lmmunopathology” (written by Maja M. Suter), “Disorders of Cell Growth,” and “Nature and Causes of Disease.” Some of these chapters are long, but the authors make excellent use of outlines, bold print, charts, diagrams, and an easy to read text that help the reader grasp concepts and immunize against tedium if reading the book in entiretv. Mostly ex-

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