Histology is one of those areas within the medical curriculum in the UK that as a medical student you are never quite sure how much depth you are expected to master in order to get through your exams. There are many titles available on the market to allow you to study this area, all taking it to different depths so which title to go for can always be a challenge when you are looking to get a title for yourself.
I received a copy of the PDF of this title to review, having looked at two other histology titles; Colour atlas & text of histology 6e from LWW and Stevens & Lowe Human Histology and can certainly confirm it compares well to them both with slight advantages and disadvantages between them. If you are looking for a title that will give you the basics of histology as related to medicine then perhaps the Stevens & Lowe title is best for you, it covers the essentials of what you need to be competent is, has images with many computer diagrams. The LWW title however has many histology images that are very large taking up whole pages with these slides so that you can see all the detail in colour, this title additionally contains online an interactive atlas for you & within the title there are many clinical application boxes for both normality & pathology that you will encounter.
This brings me back to this title, I feel that although as long as the other titles, it certainly has more detail within its pages, it contains copious amounts of colour diagrams & images within the title & also available as a download with purchase and also contains small clinical vignettes. The disadvantage with this text is perhaps that I felt in some places there is an expectation that the student has some background knowledge of this area though I'm sure any student could pick it up easily. The advantage of this text as mentioned above is the integration of clinical content throughout the title along with the high quality diagrams/images.
When it comes to saying which of these three titles is best to get that's hard to say, personally I would say that if you are looking for a title that gives you the essential basics & may not be of much use after you have covered these then certainly strongly consider Stevens and Lowe Human Histology. If however you are looking for a title that gives you that bit more detail including much clinical application then this title certainly would be very good for this purpose, why not see if your university library has this title or get yourself a copy?
Competing Interests: Student Reviewer - Received Gratis Copy of this Title
Some books change a few words here and there to justify releasing a new book. For me, I noticed a large difference.I much prefer this to the 12th and 13th editions of junqueira's for my Histology module. Aesthetically is has a much more premium look and I think the pages are made from a different material. I've been using it since our library got it in January and I much prefer it to the older versions. I think the diagrams look clearer and the it seems more concise and to the point. It's an expensive book, but if histology is something you'll be doing for a year or your library doesn't stock many copies. I think it's worth the money