When a scientific book is informative and excellently written, it is not destined to languish on a shelf for occasional reference, but to be read for enjoyment and the acquisition of knowledge. There are a few books in medicine which make the reader feel as if a great teacher is talking to him personally. Professor Boyd's Textbook of Pathology, in its eighth edition (as always) is one of the finest examples of the combination of science and art.
This edition is not just a reprint of the 1961 volume. There are extensive changes and additions which bring the reader a skillful blend of modern and traditional in the changing speciality of pathology. The most extensive alterations have been made in the first section, "Principles of Pathology." The first chapter—a factual and philosophical essay on disease and its causes—has been completely rewritten and is a delight to read. The normal cell