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Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors 2 Volume Set Expert Consult - Online and Print, 4th Edition (DIAGNOSTIC HISTOPATHOLOGY OF TUMORS (FLETCHER))

Diagnose tumors with confidence with Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors, 4th Edition. Dr. Christopher Fletcher’s renowned reference provides the advanced, expert guidance you need to evaluate and interpret even the most challenging histopathology specimens more quickly and accurately.

  • Diagnose efficiently and effectively using diagnostic flow charts, correlations of gross appearances to microscopic findings, and differential diagnosis tables for better recognition and evaluation of similar-looking entities.
  • Employ immunohistochemistry, molecular and genetic diagnostic tests, and other modern techniques as well as the best morphologic diagnostic methods to effectively identify each tumor or tumor-like entity.
  • Utilize new, clinically important molecular genetic data and updated classification schemes to help guide treatment and targeted therapy.
  • Apply the latest techniques and diagnostic criteria with completely rewritten chapters on Small and Large Intestines, Heart, Larynx and Trachea, Ear, and Peritoneum.
  • Find critical information quickly thanks to more tables and bulleted lists throughout.
  • Access the entire text and illustrations online, fully searchable.


“The fourth edition of this classic surgical pathology textbook. A must-have for any practising surgical pathologist.”

PathLab, July 2013

“Highly Commended” – BMA Book Awards 2008

“An ideal resource for the busy surgical pathologist…an essential addition to the pathologist’s library…Should be kept adjacent to the microscope.” – NEJM, review of the previous edition

“The third edition of Dr. Fletcher’s textbook on tumors continues the tradition of a well-organized and clear text with abundant color images that spans the entire range of human tumors that was set by the previous 2 editions… Few of us are as articulate as Dr. Fletcher in describing how these ancillary studies really are complementary to traditional morphology rather than replacements for it. As our field changes and evolves, our future role will in part depend on what information we can provide to our clinicians and how useful it is. Textbooks such as this allow pathologists to know the best information to collect and present, from both tradtional and new wave tests, to help clinicians care for their patients.”- Advances in Anatomic Pathology, May 2008, review of the previous edition

“Previous editions of Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumours have been required additions to the bookshelf of any practicing surgical histopathologist, and this edition will be no different. It is comprehensive, well-laid-out, beautifully illustrated, and a joy to read. Each organ system is presented clearly, and the text is very easy-to-read, and practically-oriented. The quality of the illustrations is fantastic, and photomicrographs cannot be faulted. Practical diagnostic challenges can be approached with confidence with ‘Fletcher’, and this third edition will continue to be an authoritative source for trainee pathologists and more experienced practitioners alike. This is a ‘must-have’ text for diagnostic pathologists.” – The Bulletin, July 2009, review of the previous edition.

The reputation of this indispensable textbook is again sustained by this new edition. It is very readable, comprehensive and well organized. The quality, size and layout of the images are excellent and the typeset is well done. All major tumor entities are thoroughly discussed and lesser-known tumors are also given adequate treatment. More recently described entities (example, mammary analog secretory carcinoma of the salivary gland) are also covered in exceptional detail. Furthermore the book typically honors the WHO nomenclature and classifications throughout (e.g. “carcinoma” of the breast rather than “ductal carcinoma.” See also the section on bronchioloalveolar carcinoma of the lung).

As with any multi-authored textbook there are differences in the quality of each chapter. For example, there is a palpable difference in the quantity and quality of photomicrographs between cardiac tumors (chapter 2) and tumors of the biliary tree (chapter 10). Such a large undertaking invariably taxes the eyes of any editor and typos still exist even in this edition–though I’ve not found anything major I didn’t have to read past page 8 to find the first typo. Another artifact of the multi-authored nature of this book is the division of chapters. For example, tumors of the exocrine pancreas and the endocrine pancreas are in different chapters. There is not a single chapter on tumors of the pancreas. Though perhaps that’s more a product of the editorship rather than the authorship.
Fletcher’s introductory chapter is insightful and appreciated.
The addition of expertconsult access to this edition is, of course, convenient and now an expected standard in medical textbooks. However, as my final complaint, the binding of this massive tome is cheaper and less attractive than the previous edition of this text. But that, too, has become an expected standard in printed books.
This book will not replace a general surgical pathology book (such as Rosai) because non-tumor entities are only mentioned in Fletcher when they fall into the differential diagnosis of tumors. However, this book should be standard reading for every pathologist and pathology resident.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 2296 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437715346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437715347
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.1 inches

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