The Frozen Section Library series provides convenient, user-friendly handbooks for each organ system to expedite use in the hurried frozen section situation. These books are small and light-weight, copiously color illustrated with images of actual frozen sections, highlighting pitfalls, artifacts and differential diagnosis. These books also include perspectives for the surgeon and for communication with the surgeon and suggest ancillary procedures (for example, when to take tissue for microbiology cultures). Each 5 X 8 book is about 200 to 250 pages in total with 100 to 150 color figures each.
As a handbook for practicing pathologists, these books are indispensable aids to diagnosis and avoiding dangers in one of the most challenging situations that pathologists encounter. Rapid consideration of differential diagnosis and how to avoid traps caused by frozen section artifacts are readily accessible to the users of the handbooks. A series of concise, easy-to-use, well-illustrated handbooks alleviates the often frustrating and time-consuming, sometimes futile, process of searching through bulky textbooks that are unlikely to illustrate or discuss pathologic diagnosis from the perspective of frozen sections in the first place. Tables and charts provide guidance for differential diagnosis of various histologic patterns.
This series is highly valuable to practicing surgical pathologists, both community and academic, and to pathology residents and fellows. The perspectives provided will also be valuable to surgeons and especially to surgery residents and fellows.