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Rosen's Breast Pathology.

2nd ed, by Paul Peter Rosen, 1024 pp, with illus, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.

The first edition of Rosen's Breast Pathology has been widely regarded as the premier textbook in the field. The new second edition continues to set the standard of excellence, providing the reader with a comprehensive, extensively illustrated review of the discipline of breast pathology in a clinical context, essential for the multidisciplinary model of care widely practiced for the management of diseases of the breast.

In addition to the expected detailed morphologic descriptions of numerous benign and malignant breast lesions, the current edition includes the latest information on new diagnostic techniques, staging criteria, and molecular tumor markers. Extensive discussion of issues surrounding the ever-increasing use of needle core biopsy material for diagnosis and prognostic information, as well as of the sentinel lymph node biopsy techniques, is also part of this book. Moreover, in this edition, the challenging chapters on proliferative breast disease and precancerous lesions, ductal and lobular carcinoma in situ, and microinvasive carcinoma are superbly presented, and the intricacies of arriving at the correct diagnosis are clearly discussed.

The book is organized into 46 chapters, complemented by top-quality illustrations, more than 2000 of which are in full color. Clinical correlation is diligently provided in every chapter, with information relating to clinical presentation, mammographic findings, epidemiology, gross and microscopic pathology, differential diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Of interest, the pathologic diagnosis is consistently enhanced with detailed presentation of immunohistochemical and, where appropriate, electron microscopic findings, as well as numerous new molecular and genetic studies essential for determining tumor behavior and overall prognosis.

Although the book is written focusing on the needs of the practicing pathologist, the clinically centered coverage makes it a great reference for diagnostic radiologists and medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists involved in the care of patients with breast disease. This book is also the most valuable reference for pathology residents and surgical pathology fellows training in diagnostic surgical pathology and breast pathology as an area of subspecialty expertise.

In short, this superb text/reference with its high-quality illustrations, indepth analysis of hundreds of diseases of the breast, and expert perspective sets the standard of excellence in breast pathology textbooks for years to come.
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Author:Siziopikou, Kalliopi P.
Publication:Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 2002
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