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Histology at a Glance

Michelle Peckham

ISBN: 978-1-444-33332-9 March 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 112 Pages


This brand new title provides a highly illustrated and unambiguous introduction to the science, structure and function of cells, their related pathology, and in particular, helps readers master the basic principles of recognizing features of histological sections.

Histology at a Glance:

  • Presents the perfect combination of text and image; key concepts are explained and superbly illustrated
  • Provides coverage of all the main body systems and the components of the tissues of these systems
  • Features practical information on microscopy, including sample preparation and magnification
  • Includes hints and tips to help recognize features in a histological specimen, and overcome common difficulties
  • Contains self-assessment questions to help test learning and recognition
  • Links to the author’s histological website, which features many more tips and samples, at

Histology at a Glance is the perfect guide for medical, dentistry and biomedical science students, junior doctors, and is ideal for independent learning programmes in histology.



1 Preparation of tissues for histology.

2 Different types of histological stains.

3 Sectioning, and appearance of sections in the light microscope.

4 The light and electron microscope.

5 The cell and its components.

6 Cell division.

7 Epithelia.

8 Skeletal Muscle.

9 Cardiac and smooth muscle.

10 Nerves and supporting cells in the Central Nervous System.

11 Nerves and supporting cells in the Peripheral Nervous System.

12 Connective Tissue.

13 Cartilage.

14 Bone.

15 Blood .

16 Haemopoiesis.

17 Cardiovascular system 1: The Heart.

18 Cardiovascular system 2. Arteries, and Arterioles.

19 Cardiovascular system 3: Capillaries, Veins and Venules.

20 The epidermis of Skin.

21 The dermis, hypodermis and sweat glands.

22 Hair, sebaceous glands and nails.

23 The Digestive system 1:  Oral tissues (The Mouth).

24 The Digestive system 2: General features and the oesophagus.

25 The Digestive System 3: The stomach.

26 The Digestive System 4: Small intestine.

27 The Digestive system 5: Large intestine and appendix.

28 The Digestive system 6: Digestive glands.

29 The Digestive system 7: The liver.

30 The respiratory system 1: The trachea.

31 The respiratory system 2: Bronchi, bronchioles, and the respiratory portion of the lungs.

32 The urinary system 1: The renal corpuscle of the kidney.

33 The urinary system 2: The renal tubule.

34 The urinary system 3: The ureter, urethra and the bladder.

35 The female reproductive system 1: The ovary and oogenesis.

36 The female reproductive system 1: Female genital tract and mammary glands.

37 The male reproductive system 1: The testis.

38 The male reproductive system 2: Male genital tract.

39 The male reproductive system 3: Accessory sex glands.

40 Endocrine glands 1. Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.

41 Endocrine glands 2: the pituitary and pineal glands, and the endocrine pancreas.

42 Lymphatic system 1: The thymus and lymph nodes.

43 Lymphatic system 2: The spleen, tonsils and Peyer's patches.

44 The eye and the ear.

45 Self-Test Questions.

46 Answers to self-test questions.


"This is an excellent learning resource for students in any medical field who want to get their feet wet with histology. It is concise and easy to read and, more importantly, presents each topic in just two pages, so as not to overwhelm beginning histology students." (Doody's, 16 December 2011)

"This reference text for students, residents, and junior doctors in medicine, biomedicine, and dentistry covers the science, structure, and function of cells and their related pathology and helps readers master the basic principles of recognizing features in histological sections". (Booknews, 1 June 2011)

"There are self-assessment questions and answers at the end, and an accompanying website. The book and its website provide an excellent resource for revision." (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 1 April 2011)

Author's Web Site  visit Michelle Peckham's histological website, featuring many more tips and samples