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Nervous System

Emily S. Herndon, MD
Arch Neurol. 2011;68(5):683. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.73.
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Hannes Vogel's Nervous System is an addition to the Cambridge Illustrated Surgical Pathology series that currently includes the titles Modern Immunohistochemistry, Breast, Lymph Nodes, Head and Neck, and Intraoperative Consultation in Surgical Pathology. At 501 pages, it contains 8 chapters, an index, and a companion CD containing all of the text's images in high-quality JPEG format.

The publishers have intended for the text to be a “richly illustrated atlas,” and Dr Vogel has succeeded. The book is an exhaustive compilation of large, well-composed color images of gross surgical specimens, squash preparations, hematoxylin-eosin–stained sections, immunohistochemical stains, fluorescence in situ hybridization, electron micrographs, and cerebrospinal fluid cytology specimens. These images are accompanied by images from magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography for most of the disease entities, greatly enhancing the diagnostic content for the reader. Figure legends clearly describe all images, as well as tables, charts, and schematics. Although the reader will notice a number of typographical errors throughout the book, the chapters are skillfully written and meticulously referenced.


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