The tenth edition is an important milestone in the life of a textbook. This occasion is a propitious time to look back on the origins of Basic Pathology, which are summed up best by quoting Stanley Robbins from the preface of the first edition (1971):
“Of books as well as men, it may be observed that fat ones contain thin ones struggling to get out. In a sense, this book bears such a relationship to its more substantial progenitor, Robbins Pathology. It arose from an appreciation of the modern medical student’s dilemma. As the curriculum has become restructured to place greater emphasis on clinical experience, time for reading is correspondingly curtailed.…
In writing this book, rare and esoteric lesions are omitted without apology, and infrequent or trivial ones described only briefly. We felt it important, however, to consider rather fully the major disease entities.” While the goals of “baby Robbins” remain true to the vision of Stanley Robbins, this edition has been revised on the basis of a few additional principles.
As an additional “tool” to help students focus on the fundamentals, we have continued the use of Summary boxes designed to provide key “take home” messages. These have been retained at the risk of adding a few additional pages to the book because students have uniformly told us that they find them useful.
Although we have entered the genomic era, the timehonored tools of gross and microscopic analysis remain useful, and morphologic changes are highlighted for ready reference. The strong emphasis on clinicopathologic correlations is maintained, and, wherever understood, the impact of molecular pathology on the practice of medicine is emphasized. We are pleased that all of this was accomplished without a significant “bulge” in the waistline of the text
We continue to firmly believe that clarity of writing and proper use of language enhance comprehension and facilitate the learning process. Those familiar with the previous editions will notice significant reorganization of the text in many chapters to improve the flow of information and make it more logical. We are now in the digital age, so the text will be available online. In addition, over 100 updated and revised cases developed by one of us (VK) will also be available, linked to the electronic version of the text. We hope that these interactive cases will enhance and reinforce learning of pathology through application to clinical cases.
It is a privilege for us to edit this book, and we realize the considerable trust placed in us by students and teachers of pathology. We remain acutely conscious of this responsibility and hope that this edition will be worthy of and possibly enhance the tradition of its forebears.
Medicine Book Free: Robbins and Cotran REVIEW OF PATHOLOGY