"This is a meticulous update of the classic textbook of autopsy practice. Dr. Ludwig's book has taught many generations of pathologists in training to perform autopsies and has served many practicing pathologists as a reference in the autopsy room. Thus it was a pity that it went out of print for the last 10 years or so. The entire pathology community owes Dr. Ludwig a note of gratitude for updating his classic book for the future generations. This is an essential book for all practicing hospital-based pathologists and is absolutely indispensable for residents learning to perform and interpret autopsies. In my opinion this is the best autopsy handbook in the English language and it deserves to be widely read, cherished and used. "-Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal
"...highly commendable volume...I recommend this book for hospital histopathology departments, where it will be a valuable reference source, and also for forensic departments, where part two is a valuable check list of specimens to take for investigating specific diseases." - Science & Justice
From reviews of the earlier editions. . .
"...comprehensive, informative, and well illustrated. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every anatomic pathologist for use as a manual and reference text."
-New England Journal of Medicine
"...it would be sad if every academic department ...of morbid anatomy and forensic pathology did not have access to the wealth of material in Jurgen Ludwig's masterpiece."
-British Medical Journal
"The Handbook of Autopsy Practice is a must-have for residents, fellows, and pathologists. It's the most helpful on autopsy techniques...I consider it's part 2 indispensable for the pathologist in training. " -Cap Today
"...Dr. Jurgen Ludwig, now Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the Mayo Medical School, and nine other contributors have produced a volume that is sure to maintain the excellent reputation of the preceding editions...the third edition of the Handbook of Autopsy Practice will also be a valuable aid to pathology residents and pathologist's assistants. Overall, this is an excellent, comprehensive reference that should be included in the libraries of all autopsy services." -Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal
"Dr. Ludwig with the help of nine coauthors, has produced a welcome and attractive text which will benefit everyone involved with autopsy pathology." - Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
"...Handbook of Autopsy Practice is a concise and user-friendly textbook on autopsy practice that can be recommended not only the residents in pathology but also to experienced pathologists." -Annals of Anatomy
From the Back Cover
Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition is a testament to the continued evolution of autopsy pathology. In this updated and expanded new edition, the editors cover technological advancements and discuss skills that are necessary in order to perform the most efficient autopsy possible. These skills include efficient and safe dissection techniques, appropriate handling of unexpected findings, meticulous written and photographic documentation, accurate interpretation of findings and finally, timely, compassionate and professional communication with families, physicians and legal counsel.
Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition is divided into three parts. Part I contains six new chapters in which the reader will find an assortment of tools that will increase the value of the autopsy. Included in the section are valuable resources and tools such as a sample next-of-kin letter, a quality assurance worksheet, new discourse on the dissection procedure which is accompanied by a worksheet and template for the gross description. There is also a new, detailed discussion of the safe handling of sharps, complete with photographs and the reader will also find the updated requirements of the Eye Bank of America and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ocular tissue transplantation. Part II has been updated with new diseases and recent references added. Practicing autopsy pathologists, residents and students are invited to review this alphabetical listing of disorders before each autopsy in order to re-acquaint themselves with what they might encounter. Part III provides a series of tables providing organ weights and body measurements for fetuses, children and adults. Handbook of Autopsy Practice Fourth Edition is an essential resource for clinicians, pathologists, residents and students who strive to hone their trade and increase the value of the autopsies they perform.
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