This volume reflects the philosophy and methods of the clinical pathological conferences of the Cook County Hospital, in Chicago. There is an excellent historical introduction on the growth of this teaching technique and on the advantages of the multidisciplinary approach. The cases selected are limited to three groups—cardiac, vascular, and renal.
In the cardiac group there are cases of heart failure due to unusual myocardial degeneration, cyanotic congenital heart disease, silicosis with cor pulmonale, hypertensive heart disease with rupture of the aorta as a result of medial necrosis, left ventricular aneurysm, and tuberculous pericardial effusion. The vascular cases include sickle-cell anemia with thromboses, thrombocytopenic purpura with endocrinopathy, diffuse lupus erythematosus, atypical periarteritis nodosa, and pulmonary fibrosis with scleroderma. The renal group includes renal amyloidosis in rheumatoid arthritis, pyelonephritis and pyonephrosis with amyloidosis, fulminating acute glomerulonephritis, malignant hypertension, polycystic kidneys, diffuse glomerulonephritis with parathyroid hyperplasia and metastatic calcification, Addison's disease with