Pathology books are numerous, and still found at almost every pathology conference. Some are good... many leave much to be desired. This article reviews some of them.
- 1 Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease
- 2 Practice of Surgical Pathology
- 3 Diagnostic Criteria Handbook in Histopathology
- 4 Manual of Surgical Pathology (Lester)
- 5 Washington Manual of Surgical Pathology
- 6 Handbook of Forensic Pathology
- 7 Pathology Recall
- 8 Anatomic pathology board review
- 9 Foundation series
- 10 See also
Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease
This the standard reference for pathology residents. It covers the bread & butter. Often referred to as Robbins.
- It is the standard work... everyone refers to it.
- You can't really go wrong if you're quoting Robbins.
- Very wordy. Not particularly practical --when you're sitting in front of the microscope.
- Very US-centric.
Cotran, Ramzi S.; Kumar, Vinay; Fausto, Nelson; Nelso Fausto; Robbins, Stanley L.; Abbas, Abul K. (2005). Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease (7th ed.). St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Saunders. ISBN 0-7216-0187-1.
Practice of Surgical Pathology
- Probably the best book for beginners. It covers basic things many others ignore, but are essential.
- It lacks a few basic things... though this may be excused as it is an introductory book.
Diagnostic Criteria Handbook in Histopathology
A relatively short, point-form book that covers most of pathology.
- It covers most things.
- The abbreviations take getting use to/may be annoying.
Manual of Surgical Pathology (Lester)
- A great reference for grossing. It covers pretty much everything.
- The first edition had great tables summarizing IHC.
- The style suggested, for grossing, is wordy.
- Checklists might be better.
Washington Manual of Surgical Pathology
- This is one of my favourite books and not very expensive.
- It is to the point.
- Nice images (in the book) are missing.
Handbook of Forensic Pathology
The best short reference book about forensic pathology.
- Point form.
- Covers the very basics... one saw in medical school.
- Really only covers the stuff from medical school.
- Written by non-pathology residents and reviewed by a staff pathologists.
Anatomic pathology board review
- Written for pathology residents studying for the US board exam.
- Consists of multiple choice questions with answers and explanations.
- Covers pretty much everything.
- Emphasis on lots of nitty gritty... possibly not so useful for the FRCPC exam.
- Nice summary boxes.
- Most pictures are high quality.
- Few summary tables.
- No overview provided - these books are good if one already has a DDx... not very useful if one is swimming about as a PGY-2.
Individual books in the series
- Missing a significant number of important entities.
- Uses endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia (EIN) instead of the WHO classification.
Iacobuzio-Donahue, Christine A.; Montgomery, Elizabeth A. (2005). Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology: A Volume in the Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series (1st ed.). Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0443066573.