Pathology: The Last Word

To most laymen, a pathologist is either a Sherlock Holmes type called in to study a corpse and solve a murder mystery or the man in the laboratory at the end of the corridor who reports to the surgeon, "It's all right to close up that patient—the growth is benign." But between those extremes the pathologist's work proliferates endlessly. In Chicago last week, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists got together in annual meeting to trade expertise on the whole range of human ills and, incidentally,...

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