The List Shortens...Heme/Onc


To begin, any subject that has enough detail to make a pathologist complain about the amount of detail automatically turns me off. I think I read "but that is beyond the scope of this text" four times in the most detail oriented sections of that damed tome of Path. Robbins and Cotran basically wave the white flag of surrender.

Hematopathology is the detail masochists' dream subject. There are officially 2-bagillion distinctly individual pathologies of blood cells recognized in Robbins, each coupled with it's own set of complications, prognostic indicators and cytogenetic/molecular nuisances and uninformative name. Then there's the verbal diarrhea explaining the difference between the cell types, the uninformative naming schemes, the treatments, the lab value changes...and my head just exploded. Oh, and everyone of these damned patients presents as being tired and having lost weight.

And then there is oncology. God bless the person that can go to work every day and tell at least one person that they have cancer. I swear that half of Robbins is devoted to neoplasms of each organ system, and the equivalent to watching a Fox special "When good cells go bad". I'm going to leave it at that out of respect to the people that toil to keep those pesky neoplasms at bay...it's something that I never could do day in and day out.

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