Pathology is an inherently subjective discipline, and therefore is often referred to as both an art and a science. Over the years, laboratory physicians have implemented special tissue stains and molecular techniques to limit subjectivity in the discipline. Beginning in the late 19th century, histochemical stains were developed to assess diagnostic biochemical reactions in tissue. Histochemistry has recently seen a resurgence in popularity because of the higher costs of other newer methods. Today, this technique is used by almost every pathology laboratory across the world.
This book comprehensively covers all diseases for which that technique plays a central role in diagnosis. Every anatomic region is covered in detail with examples of appropriate staining techniques, and the book is heavily illustrated with over 850 color photomicrographs. This is the first monograph to be published on histochemistry in 15 years, and it is the only one that is diagnostically-oriented.
"Exactly what the title promises -- a comprehensive book on diagnostic histochemistry...The purpose of this book is to educate and/or remind pathologists of the clinical usefulness of histochemistry. These are worthy objectives as histochemistry still plays a major role in diagnostic pathology....The book is intended for "young pathologists" (i.e., those in training). It would be very useful, however, for "older pathologists" as a good refresher. It would also appeal to experienced histotechnologists who perform such stains and want further education as to why special stains are still used. The editor and many of the chapter authors are internationally recognized experts in diagnostic pathology....This book is stunningly beautiful."
--Doody's Review Service
"In the world of molecular biology, gene arrays, nanotechnology, automated staining and novel imaging systems, it is heart-warming to see the appearance of a book celebrating the survival of diagnostic staining techniques in histochemistry. It deserves a place in every pathology laboratory and medical library. There are few scientific disciplines where art, aesthetics and science are so intimately combined or have such impact despite their longevity."