Series Editor: John R. Goldblum, MD (Series: Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology)
Editors: Alberto M. Marchevsky, MD; Fadi W. Abdul-Karim, MD; and Bonnie Balzer, MD
Publisher: Elsevier-Saunders – 366 pages
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

This textbook is a volume in the series Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology. The material provided in each of its chapters is ample, well organized, and easily searchable, even in the print edition.

Today there are numerous specialties in pathology for the student, resident, practicing physician and especially for the surgeon, who must not only acquire detailed knowledge but also specialized skills in order to be effective. Surgical pathology has become very complex, the editors point out in their Preface to this book.

Making an accurate diagnosis of the disease is not an easy task. More difficult is providing a realistic prognosis, especially the amount of available tissue is insufficient. This book aims to make those tasks less daunting for you, if you work in this area and have such responsibilities.

The work of many medical professionals in putting together this book is now available for your use.

From all over the United States, 49 pathologists, surgeons, and professors of pathology (including subspecialties such as anatomic pathology, breast, head and neck pathology, dermatologic pathology, endocrine pathology, gastrointestinal and liver pathology, genitourinary pathology, gynecologic pathology, neuropathology, pancreatic pathology, pulmonary and mediastinal pathology) and fields such as obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and others, authored or contributed to the 22 chapters of this book, namely:

  1. General Guidelines to the Preparation of Intraoperative Consultations with Frozen Section
  2. Guide to the Preparation of Intraoperative Touch Preparations and Other Cytologic Preparations
  3. Guide to the Preparation of Frozen Sections
  4. Intraoperative Consultation During Neurosurgery
  5. Intraoperative Consultations During Skin Surgery
  6. Intraoperative Consultation of Thyroid and Parathyroid Lesions
  7. Intraoperative Consultation During  ENT and Laryngeal Surgery
  8. Intraoperative Consultation During Salivary Gland Surgery
  9. Intraoperative Consultation in Frozen Section and Intrathoracic Lesions
  10. Intraoperative Consultation During Gastric and Esophageal Surgery
  11. Intraoperative Consultation During Colonic and Rectal Surgery
  12. Intraoperative Consultation During Intestinal. Appendiceal, and Proximal Colonic Surgery, Including Neuroendocrine Tumors
  13. Intraopertative Consultation During Pancreato-Biliary Surgery
  14. Intraoperative Consultation During Liver Surgery
  15. Intraoperative Consultation During Breast Surgery
  16. Intraoperative Consultation During Urologic Surgery
  17. Frozen Section in Gynecologic Pathology (Ovary, Fallopian Tube, and Peritoneum)
  18. Intraoperative Consultation During Gynecologic Pathology (Vagina, Vulva, Uterine Cervix, and Corpus)
  19. Frozen Section Diagnosis in Transplantation Pathology
  20. Intraoperative  Consultation During Orthopedic Surgery
  21. Biospecimen Collection During Intraoperative Consultation
  22. Intraoperative Consultation Quality Assurance

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The detailed features provided in each chapter are numerous and highly useful. Let’s take a closer look at those features in chapter 7 entitled Intraoperative Consultation During ENT and Laryngeal Surgery.

At the beginning of the chapter, a brief summary of what is covered in it is provided in a few paragraphs. Then follow important topics and discussions. In this chapter for example, we mention a few of those topics:

  • Indications of Intraoperative Consultation (IOC) With Frozen Section During ENT Surgery
  • Contraindications to Frozen Section During ENT Surgery
  • Intraoperative Evaluation of Biopsies Performed Prior to a Major Resection
  • IOC During Surgery for Oral Cavity Lesions

You will find subtopics, tables with data, and numerous  micrographs with detailed descriptions.

Also provided for easier understanding of material are actual photographs of  diseased anatomic parts. At the end of the chapter is a list of references for further study under the heading Suggested Reading.
This is well-researched, well-organized, and highly authoritative book with contributions from the world’s leading men and women in their respective specialties and subspecialties, and edited by four of  the world’s most respected experts in diagnostic and surgical pathology .


Series Editor:

John R. Goldblum, MD, FACP, FASCP, FACG is Chairman of the Department of Anatomic Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is also affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.



Alberto M. Marchevsky, MD  is Director of Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and Clinical Professor in Pathology at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California.

Fadi W. Abdul-Karim, MD, MEd is Professor of Pathology at Cleveland Clinic in the Lerner College of Medicine; Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Pathology at Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute  at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bonnie Balzer, MD, PhD is Director of Surgical Pathology; Director of Dermatology; and Director of Musculoskeletal Pathology Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.