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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 134  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 133-134

Differential diagnosis in cytopathology


Department of Cytology & Gynaec. Pathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh 160 012, India

Date of Web Publication29-Jul-2011

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Arvind Rajwanshi
Department of Cytology & Gynaec. Pathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh 160 012
India
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Rajwanshi A. Differential diagnosis in cytopathology. Indian J Med Res 2011;134:133-4

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Rajwanshi A. Differential diagnosis in cytopathology. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Feb 19];134:133-4. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2011/134/1/133/83346

Differential diagnosis in cytopathology, P. Gattuso, V.B. Reddy & S. Masood, editors (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK) 2009. 760 pages. Price: £ 145.00 / US$ 249.00

ISBN 978-05-21873-383

The book has been written with the idea of describing the differential diagnosis in cytopathology. Various conditions are described with a good number of pictures which are not numbered in text. At most places these photographs have been described as left, right and middle which makes it difficult for the reader to understand. The pictures are small and the magnification has not been given. The differential diagnosis is written as text but the differentiating points have not been tabulated which is easy to grasp. The book does not describe the sampling and processing techniques part which may be because the book is intended to be the differential diagnosis in cytopathology. The references are not quoted in the text of the chapter and are written at the end suggesting the further reading.

The book is more of a colour  Atlas More Details of cytology having a lot of pictures and very little text. This kind of format is good for those appearing in postgraduate examination as a short take of revision.

The book has described in the ultra-short way the modern techniques of diagnosis and at most of the places it is mentioned as 'not contributory' but wherever mentioned, these are given in short and are difficult to remember with no description forthcoming.

The good part of the book is "Pearls' at the end of each condition which is 'take home message'. The book provides a good collection of pictures of almost all cytological conditions and will serve as a Colour Atlas and revision manual for postgraduate students.

The chapter on soft tissue is well written and the pictures are clear, the differential diagnoses are well described in text. It would have been better to have some distinguishing features in tabulated form especially the immunocytochemistry. Lesions of bone have been included in this chapter only as a passing reference.

The chapter on FNA of kidney and adrenal gland has described the lesions of kidney very well. The Table on immunoprofiles of 'small round cell tumours' of the kidney is formative and leaves an impression on the readers about the differential diagnosis of these tumours. The adrenal gland has been described as a passing reference.

The chapter on salivary glands is well written and provides a good reading material with nice pictures. However, some pictures are in very low power and leave a lot to be guessed.

The chapter on lymph nodes is informative and well written for the postgraduates preparing for exams. It is concise and gives in tabulated form the algorithms for approach to lymph node aspirates. The CD markers and chromosomal translocations are described well in tabular form for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The book falls short of expectation as necessary to be described in the differential diagnosis in cytopathology. It would have been better if the look alikes were described with pictures in detail.




 

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