Manual of Surgical Pathology

2nd Edition

Authors: Susan Lester
Print ISBN: 9780443066450
eBook ISBN: 9781437720853
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 22nd September 2005
Page Count: 384


Here's complete, practical guidance on the evaluation of the surgical pathology specimen, from its arrival in the department to preparation of the final report. Inside, readers will find step-by-step instructions on specimen processing, tissue handling, gross dissection technique, histological examination, application of special stains, development of a differential diagnosis, and more. This thoroughly revised New Edition integrates cutting-edge techniques as well as the latest staging and classification information.

Key Features

  • Features more than 150 tables that examine the interpretation of histochemical stains, immunohisto-chemical studies, electron microscopy findings, cytogenetic changes, and much more.
  • Makes information easy to find with a user-friendly design, concise paragraphs, numbered lists, and bulleted material throughout the text.
  • Offers detailed instructions on the dissection, description, and sampling of specimens.
  • Provides the latest criteria for the grading and AJCC classification of all major tumors.
  • Examines the specimens from every body organ and system as well as bullets, medical devices, and foreign materials.
  • Explains the application of pathology reports to patient management.
  • Includes useful guidance on operating room consultations, safety, microscope use, and error prevention.
  • A superb source of step-by-step, bench-top guidance and an excellent board review guide.

Table of Contents

  1. Requests for Pathologic Specimens

    2. Specimen Processing: From Gross Specimens to Tissue Cassettes

    3. The Histology Laboratory

    4. The Surgical Pathology Report

    5. Consultation Reports

    6. Operating Room Consultations

    7. Special Studies

    8. Safety Precautions

    9. Microscopy and Photography

    10. Adrenal Glands

    11. Amputations and Large Resections

    12. Biopsies, Small

    13. Bones and Joints

    14. Breast

    15. Bullets

    16. Cardiovascular Specimens

    17. Cytology Specimens

    18. Dermatopathology

    19. Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic Specimens

    20. Genitourinary Specimens

    21. Gross Examination

    22. Gynecologic and Perinatal Pathology

    23. Head and Neck

    24. Hernia Sac

    25. Larynx

    26. Lung and Pleura

    27. Lymph Nodes, Spleen, and Bone Marrow

    28. Medical Devices and Foreign Materials

    29. Neuropathology

    30. Paraganglioma

    31. Penis

    32. Soft issue Tumors (Sarcomas)

    33. Thymus

    34. Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

    35. Frequent Errors and Pitfalls in Specimen Processing


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About the Author

Susan Lester

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief, Breast Pathology Services, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Staff Pathologist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


"This book, especially with its reasonable price, is a must for every surgical lab. Moreover, it is an excellent reference book full of information that is otherwise hard to find, but which every pathologist would like within easy reach at certain critical moments."-International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology

"The first edition (2000) grew out of a procedure manual prepared at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital—a collaborative effort involving the expertise of staff, residents, and assistants; the handbook has evolved at that institution over the years, and pathologist Susan Lester undertook preparation of this second edition. In her preface she specifies that the manual is intended as a guide rather than a prescription, because cases and procedures vary from institution to institution. Coverage includes
step-by-step instruction for the gross examination and processing of pathology spcimens, check lists for each major tumor type, current recommended criteria for tumor grading, discussions of frozen section diagnosis, injury prevention, and basic microscopic techniques. Approximately 150 tables support the text." -- SciTech Book News, March 2006