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Non-Neoplastic Disorders of the Lower Respiratory Tract: Atlas of Nontumor Pathology FREE TO VIEW

James V. Little
Chest. 2004;125(3):1176-1177. doi:10.1378/chest.125.3.1176-a
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By William Travis, Thomas V. Colby, Michael N. Koss, Melissa L. Rosado-di-Christenson, Nestor Luis Muller, and Talmadge E. King Jr. Washington, DC: American Registry of Pathology and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 2002; 939 pp; $195

Non-Neoplastic Disorders of the Lower Respiratory Tract: Atlas of Nontumor Pathology is the second in a planned series of 15 new atlases of nontumor pathology published by the American Registry of Pathology (ARP). For decades, their atlases of tumor pathology (often referred to as the AFIP fascicles) have made up the backbone of virtually every diagnostic pathologist’s library. ARP has maintained its familiar atlas layout and organization in this foray into nonneoplastic disease, and the release of a pulmonary text early in the series is especially welcome. With the possible exception of the GI tract, pathologists are more likely to encounter nontumor pathology in the lower respiratory system than elsewhere in the body.

This is a spectacular text and atlas, the product of a multidisciplinary group of authors from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and other leading academic centers. It fills a niche never before accomplished so comprehensively in one book. This is more a textbook than a true atlas, but the color photomicrographs are abundant, of high quality, and amply illustrative of a wide spectrum of disease. There is extensive correlation with conventional radiographs and high-resolution CT images. This could easily be the single pulmonary pathology reference on a pathologist’s shelf, and it found immediate application in my own practice—I often had to retrieve the text from a colleague’s office within a few days of its arrival!

In addition, this publication will appeal not only to pathologists, but also to pulmonologists, internists, general practitioners, and radiologists. For instance, the 25-page chapter “Handling and Analysis of BAL and Lung Biopsy Specimens” combined with the first 10 pages of the chapter “Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases” would be an excellent introduction to these aspects of the field for any physician, whether pathologist or other specialist. In short, readers seeking an in-depth review of almost any area of respiratory disease will not be disappointed.




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