Unlike most physicians who view the body from outside and analyze the organism more than its components, clinical cytologists begin with the cell. As this specialty has evolved, leaders such as Frost have developed a philosophy of normal and abnormal growth, degeneration, and neoplasia that is of interest to those outside cytology. In this short monograph the cytologic approach is admirably expounded. It makes an excellent text for beginners in cytology, to be reread with deeper understanding when their training is completed.
The section entitled "Background Evaluation: Its Significance in Revealing and Studying Health and Disease" (sect. A-IV) should be required reading for all cytotechnologists. The book is also a veritable encyclopedia of exfoliative cytologic nomenclature, each technical term is clearly and concisely discussed. The author's discussion of dyskaryosis and its significance in recognizing the degrees of dysplasia is among the best in print.
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