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Anatomic PathologyEdit

Large General Surgical Pathology TextsEdit

  • Kumar,Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th ed., 2009
    • Often considered a medical student text, this book is still very valuable to pathology residents!
    • Pros
      • The straight dope: Knowing Robbins backward and forward is probably a prerequisite to passing the boards--ironically, especially the earlier chapters on general pathology that most people skip.
      • Online access is useful, particularly if you plan to travel light, although it does not allow for making (and later accessing) your own additional notes.
    • Cons
      • The diagnostic tools in this book, although improved from the previous edition, are clearly not sufficient for the practical portion of the exam.
      • There is very little difference between the "Student" edition and the "Professional" edition, after some enquiry, we are at a loss for explaining the additional $30 in price.

  • Rosai, Ackerman and Rosai's Surgical Pathology, 10th ed., 2011
    • Outstanding single-authored two-volume set covering all areas of surgical pathology in a conversational lecture-style format.
    • Considered a gold standard by practicing pathologists ("the book you want when you already know the diagnosis"), but may be difficult for learning material for the first time.
    • Appendix includes ADASP grossing guidelines.
    • One idea is to go through both volumes and look at all of the pictures before attempting to read the text. You might find this an easier way to get your feet wet in Rosai than reading it straight through from page 1 (especially if you are a PGY-1)!
    • Great book to skim through when you are already familiar with the basic information in an organ system(great for PGY-3s).
    • Great photos and has great depth without too much detail.

  • Mills, Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, 5th ed., 2009
    • Multi-authored two-volume set, often considered more learner-oriented.
    • Purchase includes full web access to text and images.
    • Typeface is very small!

  • Fletcher, Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors, 3rd Edition
    • 2 volumes of nothing but tumors.
    • Tons and tons of great pics. Comes with CD's with all images.
    • Somewhat pricey, but still worth it.
    • One downside is that although the book has extensive neoplastic info, basic non-neoplastic info is lacking (which is expected given the title of the book, but it means that this book cannot really take the place of Rosai or Sternberg.)

Smaller Surgical Pathology ManualsEdit

  • Dabbs, Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry, 3rd ed., 2010
    • A unique textbook focused on immunohistochemistry, organized by organ system.
    • Very useful for learning about the role of IHC in differential diagnosis at each site, and for learning how to interpret each stain.
    • Since this book concentrates on IHC, an adjunctive technique, it will probably not be the first book you buy. As a first-year resident, this would be overkill. Later in your training, you will appreciate it.
    • Knowledge in this area progresses rapidly, so this text may have a shorter useful half-life than other general pathology texts. I would say this text is best used in combination with Medline/Pubmed and Immunoquery.

  • Gattuso, Differential Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology, 2nd ed., 2010
    • Multiauthored book covering all of surgical path in an outline format.
    • One of the most useful books I own, because it explicitly addresses differential diagnosis--which is usually one of the main questions on my mind when I am looking at slides. I refer to this all the time at the scope.
    • Complete online access.
    • Decent for board review too.
    • Covers salient material and in bullet format and conveniently addresses differential dignoses and distinguishing features.
    • Depth is lacking if looking for information on a specific entity.
    • Sparse photographs

  • Humphrey, The Washington Manual of Surgical Pathology, 2012
    • An "at the scope" reference covering all areas of surgical pathology, with brief notes on cytology.
    • Very useful as a summary of diagnostic criteria, grading and staging (Now slightly out of date for some disease sites since the publication of AJCC 7th ed. Text says that online version will be updated to 7th ed. but this has not been done.)
    • Images are online only, accessible by password. Online images are very small.
    • Purchase includes online text and image bank access.

  • Lester, Manual of Surgical Pathology, 3rd ed., 2010
    • The gold standard for specimen grossing; you will never be wrong if you follow the protocols in Lester. Every resident needs to have access to a copy, although not necessarily to own one.
    • Useful tables on special stains and, especially, on immunohistochemistry.

  • Klatt, Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology, 2nd Edition
    • The strength of this book is found in the abundence of gross photographs (great for board review!)
    • There is also some basic info on clinical and molecular information
    • Easy to read through (especially for PGY-1s and those reviewing for boards)
    • Some of the photomicrographs are grainy and low-resolution

  • Rekhtman and Bishop, Quick Reference Handbook for Surgical Pathologists, 2011
    • Super-practical quick reference – everything you NEED to know and nothing you don’t.
    • Covers subjects that are frequently needed in a quick-reference format while at the microscope or when cramming for the boards, including IHC, special stains, grading systems, molecular markers, tumor syndromes, and selected morphologic and clinical references.
    • The book has a unique, easy-to-navigate format: tables and diagrams accompanied by brief and to-the-point explanatory text.
    • Light, easy to carry around and affordable 
    • Practical reference for the basics, such as differentiating between a fibroblast and myofibroblast on H&E and immunohistochemistry


  • Mills, Histology for Pathologists, 4th ed., 2012
    • A one-of-a-kind text discussing fine points of histology, ultrastructure, cell biology and cytochemistry for each organ system.
    • Discusses common and uncommon normal findings in each organ system to help prevent overdiagnosis.
    • Often stated to be indispensable for pathologists, but personally, I have not found this to be especially useful on a day-to-day basis.
    • Much more practical than the previous edition. The books touches on basic pathology found in each organ system. The pages have a much better layout and overall appeal over the previous edition.

  • Kierszenbaum and Tres, Histology and Cell Biology: An Introduction to Pathology, 3rd ed., 2011
    • Pitched as a medical school text, this is actually too advanced for medical student histology. But it is almost perfect for pathology residents who need a serious histology reference. The book is equal parts histology and cellular physiology, which is helpful for understanding structure-function correlations in the tissues you are looking at.
    • Inexpensive (under $70) and has full online access.

Subspecialty Surgical PathologyEdit


  • Gordetsky, Jennifer, "Gordo's Guide to GU Pathology: a resource for urology and pathology residents", 2013
    • Organized by organ systems (ie Kidney, Bladder, etc) and then into benign vs malignant conditions within each chapter. Each diagnosis (ex oncocytoma) is presented as a case-based scenario.
    • Useful for beginning learners with great radiologic, gross and histology images. Histo images are large and arrows point to the pathology of interest. Bullet-point facts at the end of each case are good for studying. A great book designed for residents.


  • Frederick Koerner, Diagnostic Problems in Breast Pathology, 2008
    • Organized into sections on epithelial proliferations, papillary proliferations, sclerosing lesions, and fibroepithelial lesions.
    • Useful "chatty" approach that is good for learners, focusing on criteria. Other breast texts seem to assume you are already an expert in breast pathology (for example, all mention "streaming" in ADH, but do not explain what this means); this book is much more approachable.
    • Online Expert Consult access.
  • Stuart Schnitt, Biopsy Interpretation of the Breast (Biopsy Interpretation Series), 2012
    • Well-organized and digestible, yet fairly comprehensive
    • Many pictures and clear explanations
    • Compact and a great companion to have near the scope
    • Includes some information on molecular subtyping of breast cancer and other lesions


  • Rapini, Practical Dermatopathology, 2nd Ed, 2012
    • New edition as of late 2012
    • Hands down, the FIRST dermpath book you should buy! It is not a comprehensive text, but more of a guide book. Useful for beginners and for pros in dermpath (because it explains things in a way that even experts might benefit from when they want to teach their residents).
    • Fantastic, short and sweet primer in dermpath. Covers the majority of common and uncommon lesions that you will see in routine dermpath signout.
    • Many high quality pictures, with arrows and labels explaining what you are looking at.
    • Great index of differential diagnoses listed in the front of the book based on morphological findings (e.g. - Brown Deposits: Dematiacious Fungi, Formalin Pigment, Melanin, Hemosiderin, etc, etc).
    • As a bonus, it is very cheap compared to many other texts (~$125 on Amazon)
    • Not many changes from previous edition
  • Elston, Dermatopathology 2nd edition, 2013
    • New edition as of Dec 2013
    • Useful for beginners in dermpath. Great pictures. Lots of mnemonics.
    • Dermatology residents use this as their go-to dermpath book.
    • Brief descriptions that are to the point
    • Approximately 80% of the book consists of photomicrographs.
    • Each entity has a few bullet points of information followed by a small paragraph and multiple pictures.
    • Cons: Not extremely detailed, won't teach you about rare lesions.
  • Calonje, Pathology of the Skin, 4th Ed, 2011
    • Great comprehensive dermpath text. A two volume work.
    • Excellent micro AND clinical photos. The best book for great dermpath pics that I have seen yet.
    • Written by leaders in the field
    • Beautiful layout and well written with practical and relevant information
    • Cons: Large and expensive. But worth it if you are going into dermpath.

  • Elder, Lever's Histopathology of the Skin, 10th Ed, 2008
    • Good, solid, one-volume comprehensive dermpath reference.
    • Not as fancy as McKee or Weedon perhaps, but a cheaper alternative.

  • Weedon, Skin Pathology, 3rd Ed, 2009]
    • Excellent 2 volume comprehensive reference of dermpath.
    • Nicely written and easy to understand and read.
    • Not much clinical dermatology information
    • Paucity of pictures leaves much to be desired
  • Billings & Cotton, Inflammatory Dermatopathology, 1st Ed, 2010
    • nicely writen and easy to read
    • sample reports for skin rashes
    • a definite go-to book for inflammatory, non-neoplastic dermatopathology

GI and LiverEdit

  • Fenoglio-Preiser, Gastrointestinal Pathology: An Atlas and Text, 3rd ed. (2007)
    • A standard and very reliable text.
    • Luminal GI only.
    • Pictures all in color, but images and illustrations are showing their age and are not up to modern standards of quality.
    • Full online access, but Lippincott is currently updating their online offerings so the online access is currently out of service.

  • Odze and Goldblum, Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas, 2nd ed. (2008).
    • A newer text that covers the entire GI system plus associated organs.
    • Pleasant to read.
    • Full online access through ExpertConsult. References are not in the printed text, but are online only, an interesting idea that makes the book thinner but is ultimately a little annoying.


  • Reichert, Diagnostic Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology: An Atlas and Text, 1st ed., 2012
    • Single-author text with rave reviews in the Journal of Clinical Pathology (2012; 65:1056), Human Pathology (2013; 44:2865-2866), and at
    • Beautifully illustrated (> 2,000 color images)
    • Online access to text and image bank
    • Available in hardbound, Kindle, and ebook versions

  • Crum and Lee, Diagnostic Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology Diagnostic Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology, 2nd ed., 2011
    • A newer multiauthored text from the Brigham and Women's group.
    • Very clear explanations and thoughtful coverage of many topics, particularly ovarian cancer.
    • Coverage of early endometrial neoplasia is entirely based on the controversial EIN concept; unless your institution endorses this, you will need to look elsewhere for guidance in this area.
    • New edition in 2011.

  • Kurman, Blaustein's Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, 6th ed., 2011
    • The multiauthored volume from the Hopkins group; rather more discursive in style, and considered a gold standard by many.
    • A new edition has recently come out. The book is now all in color and less chatty, but obviously more up to date.
    • Enjoyable, practical and informative read with great depth
    • Beautiful layout and photos
    • No online access.
    • Unwieldy and heavy to carry around

  • Clement and Young, Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology, 1st ed., 2008
    • An outline-style text with outstanding illustrations.
    • Great for rapid reference at the scope ("What do I call this lesion?")

  • Nucci & Oliva, Gynecologic Pathology: A Volume in Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series
    • Pros
      • Very useful series in general, this one is among the best in the series
      • Large and well annotated images
      • Clinical and Pathological features summarized in handy text boxes
    • Cons
      • No online access in this edition, newer editions on other topics in this series do have this feature and it will probably be added in future


Pulmonary Edit

  • Anna-Luise Katzenstein, Katzenstein and Askin's Surgical Pathology of Non-Neoplastic Lung Disease, 4th edition
    • Pros:
      • Hands down the most practical non-neoplastic lung pathology textbook out there
      • The book is small in size; very easy to lug around
      • Excellent illustrations in full color; probably the best pics of any textbook out there
      • No-nonsense focus on diagnosis and main clinical implications
      • Concise tables with lists of causes that are very useful in daily practice
      • Author literally "wrote the book" on interstitial lung disease and granulomatous lung disease
      • Brief but to-the-point discussion of clinical and radiologic issues
    • Cons:
      • This is a book geared towards practical and rapid diagnosis; if you want a detailed exposition of the history of various lesions OR an encyclopedic tome that lists every rare lesion that the world has ever seen, this is not the book for you!
      • You'll need a separate book for tumor pathology, of course

  • Leslie and Wick, Practical Pulmonary Pathology, 2nd ed., 2011
    • Great primer in pulmonary path, with many pictures.
    • Leslie and Wick are both masters at teaching easy-to-understand pattern recognition-based approaches to diagnosis.
    • New edition, new higher price.
    • This pattern-based approach is going to be the basis for a whole series of "Practical X Pathology" texts from Elsevier.
  • Sanjay Mukhopadhyay, Non-Neoplastic Pulmonary Pathology, 1st ed, 2016
    • Are you afraid of lung pathology? This is an excellent resource for you. Basic concepts are discussed through a clear, concise, yet extensive, practical approach.
    • A complete approach: clinical, radiological and pathological aspects are discussed.
    • Tables, flowcharts and excellent images. Nicely and methodically organised.
    • Concepts are clearly illustrated thought high-quality microscopic images. Lots of Movat's stain images to familiarise residents and non-lung pathologists.
    • General and in training pathologists will be exposed to diagnostic work-up and familiarised with which stains should order and which differentials should be excluded.
    • Are you a practicing lung pathologist? You might as well benefit from this book, specially for a quick consult or reviewing concepts. Well-organised data makes it a perfect book to keep besides your microscope.

Soft Tissue/Bone PathologyEdit

  • Weiss and Goldblum, Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors, 5th Ed, 2007
    • THE comprehensive and exhaustive reference for soft tissue tumors.
    • Loaded with excellent photos.
    • Contains radiographic information and images.
    • Very well written explanations of difficult entities.
    • In depth discussion of molecular and immunohistochemical features of sarcomas and other soft tissue neoplasms.

  • Bullough, Orthopaedic Pathology, 5th ed., 2009
    • Standard text in bone pathology.
    • Lots of great pictures.
    • Large format is fun, but may not fit on your shelf (physically).
    • Lots of information on non-neoplastic bone pathology in addition to tumors.

  • Deyrup and Siegal, Practical Orthopedic Pathology, 1st Ed.
    • Textbook Review: AT Deyrup & GP Siegal. Practical Orthopedic Pathology. 344 pp. Elsevier. 2015 ($289 on Reviewed by Jerad Gardner, MD, on 11 May 2015.
    • I still find bone pathology challenging, usually much more challenging than soft tissue pathology for a variety of reasons. The biopsies are often very small and fragmented, many of the tumors look alike, correlation with radiographs is essential, and there are so many non-neoplastic processes that are relatively subtle histologically. Even as a bone and soft tissue pathologist, I still find myself pulling out my textbooks several times per week when working up bone biopsies in my practice. Thus I need practical bone pathology textbooks with lots of high quality figures, a pattern based approach to diagnosis, and pragmatic advice on how to sort out difficult differential diagnoses. Practical Orthopedic Pathology is just such a book. Co-authors Andrea Deyrup (a former Sharon Weiss trainee like myself) and Gene Siegal (a distinguished bone pathologist at University of Alabama Birmingham) have created a fantastic comprehensive guide to the world of bone pathology. This book provides solid in depth coverage of the basics of normal bone anatomy, physiology, and radiology. I learned a plethora of fascinating factoids about how bone forms and why it looks as it does microscopically just from reading a few pages of the Normal Bone Anatomy chapter. I was also impressed by the very useful tips on proper histologic techniques for processing and cutting bone biopsy specimens. Radiology basics are also thoroughly reviewed in a practical manner accessible to the general pathologist. Discussion of imaging is tied back to the underlying pathology and there are tips for avoiding pitfalls. The heart of the book is a comprehensive text that covers the breadth of bone pathology. Rather than dividing the main text of the book into chapters based on specific entity names (e.g. – osteosarcoma, giant cell tumor, fibrous dysplasia), this book is organized into sections based on the major histologic pattern coupled with the radiographic pattern. Examples include: “Lesions characterized by osteoid deposition and non-aggressive radiology”, “Lesions characterized by cartilage deposition and aggressive radiology”, “Lesions characterized by large numbers of giant cells replacing trabecular bone”, etc. Specific entities are then discussed within those pattern-based sections. Useful tables discussing each of these patterns, the entities included in each pattern group, and pertinent histologic and radiographic mimics, are laid out at the very beginning of the book. It is a brilliant, practical approach to organizing a bone pathology textbook. One may not know the name of the entity just by looking at the slide, but if there are numerous giant cells replacing the trabecular bone, then it is clear which chapter is appropriate. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the entire book is richly illustrated with beautiful high-quality color images of gross and microscopic pathology, as well as numerous black and white radiographic images. Online access to the entire textbook and all images via is provided for free with purchase of the book.
    • Summary: Practical Orthopedic Pathology is an outstanding addition to the Pattern Recognition series of pathology textbooks. I am very happy to own this book. The outstanding features discussed above have earned it a coveted place in the small stack of books I use most often in practice and keep within arm’s reach of my microscope.


DeMay, The Art and Science of Cytopathology, 2011

  • Beautifully produced four-volume set is a gold standard in cytology.
  • Innovative presentation makes this a memorable read.
  • Due to large size, may be unwieldy for some learners.
  • Truly a work of art (even for those who don't love cytology!), well written, with excellent color photos.
  • Vastly updated and improved over the outdated previous edition.

DeMay, Practical Principles of Cytopathology Revised , 2007

  • "Baby DeMay", often cited as the only cyto book you will need for AP boards
  • Very readable and digestible
  • May be a little too superficial, depending on how much you like cytology.

Cibas, Cytology: Diagnostic Principles and Clinical Correlates, 4th ed., 2014

  • A quick and practical guide to cytology at the resident level.
  • Easy to read
  • Greater depth than "Baby DeMay"
  • Includes a great chapter on the amorphous topic of laboratory administration (high yield RISE/board questions).
  • Good pictures.
  • Purchase includes online access to text and images.
  • Cons: Not that many pictures of each entity.

Solomon, The Bethesda System for Reporting Cevical Cytology , 2004

  • Key reference for Pap smears, including criteria.
  • Read multiple times during cytology rotations.
  • Said to be essential for boards success.
  • Certainly a high-yield purchase at barely $30.

Autopsy and ForensicsEdit

  • Burton J, Rutty G. The Hospital Autopsy: A manual of fundamental autopsy practice. ISBN-13: 978-0340965146.
  • Dolinak MD, David et al. Forensic Pathology, Principles and Practice. ISBN-13:978-0-12-219951-6
    • Excellent general forensic pathology text covering all of the major topics, with good color photos.
    • Somewhat "case based," with brief example cases highlighting most of the points.
    • Useful for the general pathologist who occasionally is involved in forensic cases, forensic pathology fellows, and forensic pathologists.

  • Spitz MD, Werner and Daniel and Fisher MD, Russell. Spitz And Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation Of Death: Guidelines For The Application Of Pathology To Crime Investigation ISBN-13: 978-0398075446
    • Excellent detailed text with pretty good greyscale photos and numerous high profile contributors.
    • More difficult to read than most forensic pathology texts, compensated for by the detail and references.
    • Useful primarily for forensic pathology fellows and forensic pathologists.

  • DiMaio MD, Vincent J. and Dominick. Forensic Pathology, Second Edition. ISBN 0-8493-0072-x
    • Good general forensic pathology text covering the major topics.
    • Useful for the general pathologist who occasionally is involved in forensic cases, forensic pathology fellows, and forensic pathologists.

  • Mittleman, MD, FASCP, Roger; Wetli, MD, FASCP Charles. An Atlas of Forensic Pathology. ISBN: 0891894306

Clinical PathologyEdit

General Clinical PathologyEdit

  • Dauterman, Philip A. How to be a Lab Director, 3rd ed (2016)
    • How to be the Lab Director of a general hospital lab includes tutorials on
    • How to make a corrective action
    • How to make a Plan of Correction (PoC)
    • How to respond to CMS form 2567
    • How to put a new analyzer into service
    • How to do quality assurance and root cause analysis
    • How to write a policy and/or procedure
    • How to respond to complaints and incident reports involving lab.
  • Mais Quick Compendium of Clinical Pathology, 2nd ed (2007)
    • easy to read, outline-format
    • comprehensive, but condensed review book
    • contains some typos
    • great for CP board exam review but may wait for newer edition to come out


  • Jaffe, Hematopathology, 1st Edition
    • Great book written by a leader in the field (who is also a contributing author to the current WHO Classification of Tumors of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissue)
    • Well organized and easy to find info when trying to answer a specific question
    • Includes plenty (sometimes overwhelming) of etiological and pathogenetic information
    • Copious photomicrographs with extensive captions
    • Can be intimidating to read such a voluminous work
    • Hefty price tag


Molecular PathologyEdit

Blood BankEdit

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