Fine Structure of Human Cells and Tissues.

Rex D. Couch, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(5):877. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320170153037.
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For the "nonelectron-microscopist," this atlas is compared with a standard—Rhodin's Atlas of Ultrastructure of nearly ten years' seniority. First, the objectives differ. Rhodin is research-oriented and exhaustive in bibliography (more than 1,500 references); Ebe and Kobayashi is more "clinical," utilizing human tissue material exclusively and emphasizing clinical organs, eg, bone marrow, thymus, spleen, alimentary tract, and liver, to mention only a few. The latter text has some 100 more pages and a history of the tissue illustrated—an obvious plus in attracting the interest of the medical student.

The choice, if one need be made, is obvious. Researchers, embryonic electron microscopists, and scholars will want a recent volume analogous to Rhodin. Medical students, practitioners, and casual observers will turn to Ebe and Kobayashi for synoptic coverage and answers not requiring further travel to or through the literature.


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