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Survey of Patho9logy coverA Survey of Pathology

Submitter: I work at an academic medical school library. I am new and I have been weeding on and off since I arrived because previous staff thought that everything should be saved. We do retain older definitive texts for historical reference but we do not need this book. Not only does it contain scary and badly drawn black and white sketches but it comes with microfiche! Honest, it is still in the back of the book. And the cover is old and ripped and no one wants to study from this when they can use an ebook or a new study guide. One of the first new policies I put in place is that study guides are retained for 5 years and then they are withdrawn. I don’t know how this has been here so long but it is gone now.

Holly: We haven’t had a nice, heavy academic title here in a while. This looks fascinating! And by fascinating, I mean awful. Microfiche? Seriously? Mary’s daughter is working on a Ph.D. in biology, and I can absolutely guarantee that her eyes are rolling at this one.

Survey of Pathology back cover

Structure of the lymphoid system

Descriptions of microfiche



  1. That drawing looks like it came from a high school science fair entry! Wow!! Even microfiche can’t save this item.


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