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Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology (2 Vol. Set) Hardcover – March 23, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0781740517 ISBN-10: 0781740517 Edition: Fourth

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  • Series: Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology
  • Hardcover: 2912 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Fourth edition (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781740517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781740517
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 18.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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American Journal of Surgical Pathology, 01-FEB-00, Volume 24, Issue 2, John R. Goldblum, MD -- Praise for the previous edition: "I found the third edition of Diagnostic Surgical Pathology to be a significant update and improvement over the second edition (which itself was excellent...). The differences in text and photomicrographs certainly warrant a place on any surgical pathologist's bookshelf, even for those with the second edition."-American Journal of Surgical Pathology

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pathology Resident on June 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Of course Sternberg is one of the leading sources of general surgical pathology information and the book lives up to its reputation with adequate discussions of each topic with relatively good microscopic descriptions and information on special stains (unlike the new Rosai/Ackerman). However,consistently, he gives the name of an entity in one place in the books/volumes and then every where else it is only reffered to by its abbreviation. So now if you don't remember the abbreviation you have to hunt for it ealier in the chapter or in other chapters all together. And of course the abbreviation is not in the glossary nor is there a seperate index of abbreviations. I find that this adds unnecessary distractions and time to what should be smooth studying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By resident on November 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I initially received my copies of the new Sternberg I was concerned that the volumes' lighter weight would translate into deficits in content. After using the new edition during two busy months on the surg path service, however, I have found it to be even more substantive than its predecessor (apparently we can thank the new edition's improved portability to slightly thinner pages and smaller text). Because I store my old edition at work and my new copies at home, there have been multiple instances when, after initially reviewing a section while previewing at the office, I have returned home and been met with a more reader-friendly and content-rich review in the new edition. Even without these improvements the new edition would be worth purchasing for the images alone. The quantity and quality of the images are greatly improved from the previous edition, and the photographs almost uniformly lack the awkward blue backgrounds, poor contrast, overbearing fuchsias etc. that plague so many pathology publications. While some readers have taken issue with the changes in tone and areas of redundancy inherent to a multi-authored book, I have found it far more reassuring to take advice from the experts in each field than from a single source. I have minor complaints about certain subtopics, most notably the portion on vascular tumors of the bone, but overall have found the new edition to be an excellent investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric on December 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. It is helpful to have a single reference for the vast majority of your needs in surgical pathology. Obviously, it can't be everything. You sacrifice consistent style for the variety of authors -- similarly this translates into some sections being easier to use than others. Also, at times I want more pictures, but then this is not an atlas. Overall, I have found most of the sections to be of high quality, with good information and good pictures. I am very happy with my purchase.

Recommendations for the next edition:
1. even more pictures
2. even more charts comparing diseases or features
3. inset boxes with key features in each disease
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pathoboy on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A highly uneven text. Lucid chapters are interspersed with idiosyncratic (and, frankly, poorly-written) ones. The occasional chapter rambles its convoluted way to near-incomprehensibility. Many entities have key descriptive features buried within verbiage. Picture reproduction is (very) unsatisfactory, with a chromatic skew towards pink. Picture size has shrunk from the previous edition. The font is perversely minuscule, and extremely thin paper is used (those of us who highlight - pick one's pen wisely, or the other printed page might well be ruined). This latest edition of a classic text is still worth spending time (and money) on (not least for the incorporation of latest WHO classifications and IHC stains). The recommendation cannot but be with many reservations though.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By path resident on October 14, 2009
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The content of the book is thorough, although some authors do a much better job organizing their chapters than others do. The big advantage of this series lies in the histologic descriptions of each pathologic entity. That being said, a *huge* drawback is the sloppy editing. There are numerous misspellings, incorrect or inconsistent information, and mislabeling of figures - inexcusable in a fifth edition. These inaccuracies are frustrating, and I constantly question whether or not the information I'm reading is actually correct. Whenever I sit down to read, I keep a bottle of white-out nearby to correct the numerous mistakes I find. If you're looking for a surg path textbook, I'd recommend buying Rosai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thediener on June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this thing cover to cover my first year of residency. I'm not sure it was time well spent. It covers probably 99% of the entities that you would expect, the histologic descriptions are quite good, and the photomicrographs are generally pretty good also. Epstein's prostate chapter stands out as the best thing in this book. The ovarian and GI chapters are pretty thorough. Also the coverage of endomyocardial biopsy is well organized and easy to understand. But that's about all the praise I can offer for this edition of Sternberg.
Minor errors are fairly frequent (typos, references to figures are sometimes incorrect, etc.)
The multi-authored nature of this book causes some problems. Authors' personal approaches to given topics stand out in distracting ways. For example, the placenta chapter reads like unpublished research and is of little use. Other authors took an interesting approach to tumors of the lung. The topics develop from bronchoscopy to gross findings and then and build on that to integrate microscopy. It is clearly based on their thought-process and diagnostic approach to lung specimens. Very different than merely organizing by histologic morphology like the rest of the book.
The neuro chapter is a disaster. It does not correctly reflect the WHO diagnostic guidelines. The author tried to create numerous helpful tables rather than easy to read/understand prose. So the text forces you to use the tables which are erroneous anyway. So the whole chapter becomes unusable.
I seem to recall that I was unable to find a discussion of the various types of neuromas (Morton, traumatic, etc.) anywhere in this book.
The bone and soft tissue chapters need many more photomicrographs to illustrate the morphologic variety that any one entity may have.
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I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (with an emphasis in Finance) at Washington Adventist University in 1984. I thoroughly enjoyed editing the school newspaper and year book and operated "Columbia Investors". I completed medical school at Loma Linda University in 1988 while teaching anatomy for the dental and physical therapy students. After an Orthopedic Surgery internship in 1989, I completed an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at University of California--Los Angeles in 1993. At UCLA, under the direct influence of Drs. Yao-Shi Fu and Dorothy Rosenthal, I developed a strong interest in head & neck pathology and in cytology. After doing advanced training in Cytopathology, I joined the United States Navy (CAPT, MC, USNR, now retired). With triple Board Certification in Pathology, I worked for nearly a decade at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Washington, DC), developing a specific interest and expertise in pathology of the Head and Neck and Endocrine organs. During this time, I served as Chief of the Division of Otorhinolaryngic-Head & Neck Pathology, Chief of the Division of Immunopathology, and Assistant Chairman, Department of Scientific Laboratories. I have continued to enjoy research (over 250 papers), currently serving as the co-editor of Head and Neck Pathology. I also serve on the editorial boards of a number of peer reviewed scientific journals. I have authored and edited 6 textbook on topics in Head and Neck and Endocrine organ pathology, including work on the World Health Organization's books for Head and Neck and Endocrine Organs. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, weight lifting, stained glass, cake decorating, SCUBA, making cufflinks and any time with my wife and cats!

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