Smears and Frozen Sections in Surgical Neuropathology
Peter Burger, M.D.
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This 690-page book is a highly illustrated guide for the intraoperative interpretation of central nervous system surgical specimens. The two principal techniques—smear preparations and frozen sections—are described in great detail. Introductory chapters address general approaches to specimen acquisition and preparation; specific clinical and radiological features; differential diagnosis by site; tumor and nontumor entities with specific pathological features; and normal cells and tissues potentially mistaken for abnormalities. The bulk of the text describes specific clinicopathological entities, in over eighty chapters. Most of the latter present bulleted summaries of clinical and radiological features, similarly formatted sections on cytological (smear preparations) and histological (frozen sections) findings, and detailed differential diagnoses. There are over fifteen hundred illustrations covering the practical aspects of real-time, real-world cytological and histological diagnoses. Designed primarily for pathologists, it will be extremely useful for neurosurgeons as well, in their formulations of a differential diagnoses.
About the Author
Dr. Peter Burger is professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a position he has held for sixteen years. He attended Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. His general pathology and neuropathology training were done at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Following the latter, he joined the faculty at Duke, rising to the rank of professor, a position he held there until his move to Johns Hopkins. The author of almost four hundred scientific publications, he is an international authority on the diagnosis and classification of lesions of the central nervous system. He has coauthored seven widely used textbooks, or editions thereof, that emphasize practical approaches to diagnosis of central nervous system lesions.