Each title in the new Integrated series focuses on the core knowledge in a specific basic science discipline, while linking that information to related concepts from other disciplines. Case-based questions at the end of each chapter enable you to gauge your mastery of the material, and a color-coded format allows you to quickly find the specific guidance you need. Bonus STUDENT CONSULT access - included with the text - allows you to conveniently access the book's content online · clip content to your handheld device · link to content in other STUDENT CONSULT titles · and more! These concise and user-friendly references provide crucial guidance for the early years of medical training, as well as for exam preparation.
• Includes case-based questions at the end of each chapter
• Features a colour-coded format to facilitate quick reference and promote effective retention
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Reviewer:Ronald P. Jensh, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Thomas Jefferson University)
Description:This textbook of histology presents the information in the classic order of topics, but includes significant additions to help the student better understand the subject.
Purpose:The purpose of the book, as described by the authors, is to provide general information about the various cells, tissues, and organs of the human body, and to integrate the information with related scientific disciplines. Their approach is unique, with the result that the book can be used not only as a text in a classic histology course (although the authors state they assume readers have already taken a basic course in histology), but also as a review in preparation for such exams as the USMLE. The authors meet, if not exceed, these worthy objectives.
Audience:Although the authors state that the book is for students who have had a basic introductory course in histology, it could also be used in such a course. Indeed, it might be preferable to other basic texts due to its integrative nature. It can also be used for review, with the boxes in the chapters reminding students of the interrelationship to other scientific disciplines. The case history section connects histology to the clinical sciences as well.
Features:The preface discusses the format and should be the first thing students read if they wish to get the most out of the book. The rest of the book follows the classic order from the cell, through primary tissues, to organ systems. At the end are a series of case studies, followed by a well defined index. The full color illustrations are excellent and it is refreshing to see color photographs that have been color corrected in almost all instances. In addition, there is a well balanced use of a variety of histological stains and electron photomicrographs. The integrated boxes are not only highlighted by color but also use icons representing each of the major scientific disciplines. The photographs are large enough to easily see the labeled structures and, uniquely, the authors use dotted line circles to outline specific structural units within a number of photographs -- a very helpful addition for the reader.
Assessment:This is a very well written and assembled textbook of histology. Its integrative nature combined with a classic approach to content, liberal use of color, and well drawn/photographed illustrative material combine to make a unique and excellent textbook of histology. It would be a good text for use in a basic course in histology in colleges, graduate schools, and medical schools, as well as a review for postgraduate personnel.