Colour Atlas of Anatomical Pathology

Colour Atlas of Anatomical Pathology / by Robin A. Cooke – 3rd ed.

It has often been stated that pathology is primarily a visual discipline. The observation, not always meant as a compliment, has a component of truth, in the sense that a large segment of pathology practice consists in the interpretation of images of one type or another.

The magnification range of the images that the pathologist has been asked to evaluate has increased exponentially over the years, from the gross to the microscopic, down to the ultrastructural and cytogenetic; but the basic purpose has remained the same: to extract from the visible structural features all the necessary information in an attempt to ascertain the nature and mechanism of formation of the abnormalities present.

A related activity, which has progressively replaced the actual museums, has been the production and publication of atlases of gross pathology. Some of these were based on the museum pieces and others on fresh specimens, the latter having the obvious advantage of rendering a more faithful representation of the appearance of the ‘live’ lesion.

The importance of this material in the teaching of anatomic pathology at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level cannot be overemphasized, particularly at a time when the attitude is gradually taking hold that the examination of a gross specimen is simply the technical step required for the acquisition of the microscopic slides.

Therefore, books and atlases that display in an optimal fashion the features of these specimens are crucial to the specialty, and I dare say they will remain so long after the genetic background of all human diseases has been determined.


  • Cardiovascular system
  • Lymph nodes and spleen
  • Respiratory system
  • Alimentary system
  • Pancreas, biliary system and liver
  • Renal system
  • Male genital system
  • Breast and female genital system
  • Endocrine system
  • Bones, joints and connective tissue
  • Nervous system

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 300
Size: 49 mb

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