From Normal Microanatomy to Pathology

Peter S. Amenta, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Anatomy
Department of Anatomy
Hahneman University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peter S. Amenta, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Pathology Service
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Seventh, completely revised, edition of the original work by


This, the seventh edition continues the teaching goals established in previous editions:(1) to free the teacher from serving as interpreter of encyclopedia texts; (2) to direct students to important literature; (3) to discuss specialized and controversial problems; (4) to assist students to perceive tissues in three dimensions, as well as the fourth dimension of time (development).

During the last several years, there has been a concerted effort to correlate clinical data with teaching of basic sciences. In this regard, we have incorporated a brief section at the end of each chapter dealing with issues in pathology that correlate with the chapter. These sections were written with the goal of introducing concepts and terminology to medical students and first year residents, to facilitate their entering into the study of pathology.

Another new feature of in this edition is the introduction of immunohistochemical localization of molecules and individual cell types. This powerful tool of antigenic localization is extremely useful in demonstrating the distribution of different cell types in normal tissues, their composition, and biosynthetic profile. These data have proved invaluable to surgical pathologists in the study of tumors which have proven difficult to diagnose by conventional microscopy.