Molecular Pathology

Molecular Pathology

Despite slight disbelief that a year has already passed since 2014’s National Pathology Week (where on earth does the time go?!), we at Cambridge University Press are very excited to have another opportunity to join the celebrations of the vital contribution that pathologists make to healthcare in the UK and beyond. Since this year’s National Pathology Week focusses on the increasing role that molecular pathology plays in healthcare, what better time to launch our brand new book ‘Molecular Pathology: A Practical Guide for the Surgical Pathologist and Cytopathology’?

As the editors note in their preface, molecular pathology has now become an integral part of the daily practice of pathologists. This new book contains the essential information practising pathologists will need, starting with an overview of the essential principles of molecular techniques, followed by separate chapters detailing the use of these techniques in particular tissues and organs, and describing recommended treatment plans. Each chapter covers the tests available, their advantages, limitations, and use as diagnostic and prognostic tools, with key learning points at the end of each topic. The book is also packaged with online access to all the text and high-resolution images, hyperlinked references, in-book search and interactive index. With an excellent line-up of international editors (John Bartlett, Canada; Abeer Shaaban, UK; Fernando Schmitt, Luxembourg), we have every confidence that this book will take its place as a state-of-the art handbook on molecular pathology.

What’s more, for National Pathology Week we are very pleased to be able to offer a 20% discount not only on this new Molecular Pathology book, but across our entire portfolio of pathology books at Cambridge University Press using the code NationalPathologyWeek at checkout. We do hope that you will take this chance to check out our range of books and resources for pathologists. If you’re looking for a book on a particular topic and don’t yet see it there, or if you would like to get involved with writing a book yourself, please do get in touch as we’re always looking for new ideas!

-Nisha Doshi, Senior Commissioning Editor, Medicine, Cambridge University Press


Inflicted pediatric head trauma – forensic pathology


Blog Post by Peter M. Cummings, MD is Medical Examiner and Director of Forensic Neuropathology, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA.

There are few areas within forensic pathology that generate more debate and controversy than the subject of inflicted pediatric head trauma. Often in these cases, the reporting history is scant and typically the baby is stated to have been ‘ just found unresponsive’ or experienced an ‘unwitnessed accident’. In lieu of this lack of information, a set of diagnostic criteria were decided upon to make the diagnosis of inflicted head trauma more straightforward. Traditionally these criteria included: 1) subdural hematoma; 2) cerebral edema; and 3) retinal hemorrhages.

A dogma was established that if a child had all three signs, the child was abused. As time progressed and more scientific studies were published this belief came under fire and it is now accepted that not every subdural hemorrhage is abusive and that not every swollen brain was the result of inflicted trauma. That left retinal hemorrhages, and physicians began to place great importance in the discovery of such lesions. Read more of this post

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