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Manual of Pathology of the Human Placenta

Second Edition

  • Based upon the gold standard textbook currently in its fifth edition.

  • User-friendly and easy to reference information tables.

  • Easy access to differential diagnosis of various lesions.

  • Over 300 color illustrations.

  • Written for general pathologists and pathologists-in-training.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Approach to the Specimen

  3. Development and Normal Histology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 59-68
    3. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 85-108
  4. Multiple Gestation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 121-139
  5. Abnormalities of the Placenta

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 165-183
    3. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 203-218
    4. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 219-246
    5. Rebecca N. Baergen
      Pages 247-277

About this book


Manual of Pathology of the Human Placenta, Second Edition is a concise, practical manual of placental pathology. While references are made to the more encyclopedic Pathology of the Human Placenta, this Manual is designed as a user-friendly, easy-to-read bench manual that can be used in the grossing room as well as at the microscope.

Features of the text include:
- A section on the approach to the placental specimen, providing suggestions on what to do, as well as when and how to do it.
- Discussion of detailed development and normal histology of all parts of the placenta for those wanting to learn about specific areas of the placenta.
- Discussion of placental lesions, disease processes related to the placenta, neoplasms, and trophoblastic lesions.
- An overview of the legal implications of placental examination and future directions.
- "Suggestions for Examination and Report" includes key points in gross examination, sectioning, and diagnosis. Suggestions for comments in the surgical pathology report guide the reader in problematic situations or when the diagnosis or diagnostic implications are unclear.
- An abundance of tables summarize pertinent information and provide easy access to the differential diagnoses of various lesions.

Manual of Pathology of the Human Placenta, Second Edition is a must-have reference for every pathologist, resident and pathology assistant. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Weill Medical College of Cornell Univers, Dept. of PathologyNew York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Rebecca N. Baergen, MD is Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Chief of Perinatal and Pediatric Pathology, Weill-Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York NY.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Manual of Pathology of the Human Placenta
  • Book Subtitle Second Edition
  • Authors Rebecca N Baergen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-7493-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-7494-5
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIV, 544
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pathology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews of the second edition:

“This second edition remains true to the goal of the first edition - to be a concise, practical manual of placental pathology. … Written by an expert in placental pathology, this book is diagnostically useful for all practicing pathologists and pathologists in training. … This concise, practical manual of placental pathology is a reasonably priced, beautifully illustrated book which is easy to read and is a relevant placenta reference for all practicing surgical pathologists.” (Maura F. O’Neil, Doody’s Review Service, April, 2011)

“The book is aimed at general pathologists, but there is sufficient information and detail to keep the specialist pathologist happy as well. … The book is well illustrated, with a mix of gross photographs and micrographs, and useful line diagrams demonstrating early placental development, as well as photographic demonstrations of various techniques for examination. … Overall, this is a succinct and practical bench manual, which I would commend to anyone involved in the examination of placentas.” (Caroline Gannon, Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists, October, 2011)