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Saphir, Autopsy Diagnosis and Technic, 3rd edition

Saphir, Autopsy Diagnosis and Technic, 3rd edition

Autopsy Diagnosis and Technic by Otto Saphir, M. D. Pathologist, Michael Reese Hospital; Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago. Foreword by Ludvig Hektoen, M.D. Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Illustrated. Paul B. Hoeber, Inc. Medical Book Department of Harper & Brothers. 1951.


Red cloth bound volume with gold text on front cover and spine. Top edge of text block speckled. Mild sunning of spine. Mild scuffing and scratching of cloth. Measures approximately 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/8 inches. Gutter cracking between half title and main title. But hinge still holding strong. Illustrated with many black and white drawings. Clean, bright, and tight throughout. A good copy.


In the preface, the author states that he still feels en masse or en bloc methods are the best, but in response to multiple requests, an organ-by-organ method has been added. 


Saphir was a prominent and prolific pathologist in his day. Hektoen, who wrote the foreword for this text, was also a preeminent pathologist who wrote an earlier handbook on autopsy method. His name is immortalized in Hektoen’s enteric agar. On a personal note, the 1954 4th edition of this book is one of two books I chiefly relied on when I entered the world of postmortem pathology in 2001 as a diener (autopsy assistant). It has been my repeated observation, at multiple institutions, that these early and mid 20th century autopsy books tend to endure longer careers than the practitioners who studied from them.


Not in Garrison-Morton.