In this updated textbook, Stevens and Lowe (both affiliated with the University of Nottingham Medical School) use color photographs, diagrams, summary boxes describing key facts and specific clinical scenarios, and end-of-chapter review sections to demonstrate concepts in human histology. This third edition covers the latest advances in molecular biology, presents case-based questions at the end of each chapter, and offers access to the book's online version and interactive extras. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
This is the second edition of an abbreviated textbook of human histology. The first edition was published in 1992. The authors intend this to be an introductory or review text of human histology. This is generally a worthy objective, and the text meets the authors' stated objectives quite well. The book is targeted at the beginning medical or dental student of histology. This book is filled with a large number of excellent light and electron micrographs, color diagrams, and well-done tabular summaries. References are not included or really needed; the index is fine. The book has a bright, uncrowded look. The book has a number of special features: practical tips about histology; clinical correlations; advanced or research-oriented explanations of general interest; and a short series of true/false questions at the end of each chapter. What would make these special features more useful would be a page or two at the beginning of the book that explained all the symbols that are used (they are only identified on the back cover); what the different color boxes mean; and that the questions are true/false, not multiple choice questions. This is one of a growing list of concise or abbreviated textbooks of histology. It is not appreciably better in content than the others, although the illustrations are much better than average. The authors begin by redefining the traditional classification system of histology. Although the system they use is okay, it has little advantage over the traditional system and is likely to cause confusion among beginning students because virtually all other texts and atlases use the traditional approach. In their system, they place the musculoskeletal systemabout two-thirds of the way into the book when much of that material needs to be in the mind of the student near the beginning of the course. In general, this is a good book that biomedical libraries may wish to have on their shelves, but it would probably be much more useful for a student to own his or her own copy.