Text Book of Pathology

Text Book of Pathology

58 lmVIEWS. REVIEWS. Text Book of Pathology. By Sir Robert Muir, Professor of Pathology, University of Glasgow. Fourth Edition. 1936. London: Edwar...

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Text Book of Pathology. By Sir Robert Muir, Professor of Pathology, University of Glasgow. Fourth Edition. 1936. London: Edward Arnold & Co. Price 35s. net. The appearance of a new edition of this well-known work is evidence tl;at it is admirably adapted to the requirements of medical students and practitioners. Only minor alterations have been made in the text but apparently all important additions to knowledge in the realm of pathology have been incorporated and a few new illustrations have been added. It remains one of the best text books on the subject. The author's great experience, not only as a teacher but also as a hospital pathologist, has given him an advantage in deciding what is appropriate and what should not be included in a work mainly intended for medical students preparing for the qualifying examination in pathology. Very few references to matters of comparative pathology are found in the work-which is a merit and not a defect, but unfortunately one of them is not accurate. In the part dealing with paroxysmal h~moglobinuria it is said that it " is probably allied to the paroxysmal h~moglobinuria which is not uncommon in horses when exercised after a long period of rest," but in fact in the equine disease the period of rest that precedes an attack is nearly always a matter of a few days only. Experimental and Clinical Studies of the Spine of the Dog. By Geoffrey B. Brooke, D.SC., F.R.C.V.S. Pp. 122, with 24 plates (50 figures). London: Bailliere, Tindall & Cox. Price 5s. The book has been designed to help, first, the clinician engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the dog and, second, the comparative worker utilising observations on the lower animals in the study and elucidation of disease processes in man. Part I is concerned with puncture of the cisterna magna in the dog, which is the routine method of reaching the subarachnoid space for the withdrawal of the cerebrospinal fluid for study. The steps in this operation are minutely described and illustrated and the characters of the normal cerebrospinal fluid in the dog are given, based on observations made by the author. This will be useful, for cistern puncture is employed as a means of obtaining samples of cerebrospinal fluid for the diagnosis or investigation of disease associated with the central nervous system, and it can also be used for bringing sera or medicinal liquids into the subarachnoid space. Part II deals with the experimental and clinical investigations into the use of iodised oil as a radiopaque medium in the examination of the spinal subarachnoid space of the dog. It is a piece of original work very well done. Variations and Diseases of the Teeth of Animals. By Sir Frank Colyer, K.B.E., LL.D., F.R.C.S. London: John Bale, Sons and Danielsson, Ltd. 1936. Price £2 2s. Od. This work extends to 750 Imp. octavo pages and has 1,007 illustrations. The first part deals with variations of the teeth in number and shape in the different Orders, beginning with the Primates. The second part relates to variations in the position of the teeth in the different Orders and extends to about 300 pages. The remainder has separate chapters dealing with abnormal eruption of