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Revolution

[center]"There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now.”[/center] [center] - Lord Kelvin, 1900[/center] In the 1990’s I was interviewed for a university position in pathology. The Chair, a Professor & Cambridge alumnus, informed me that we have “reached the limits of morphology” in pathology, and the era of molecular biology would revolutionise medicine. It was the first time I had heard such a view but by no means the last; indeed, the same claim was made by a derm

Alistair Robson

Alistair Robson

“What’s in a Name....

...a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” Well, on this occasion I don’t agree, Mr Shakespeare. This is particularly the case when the name is “pseudo-lymphoma”, an oft used term in dermatopathology, guaranteed to make my hackles rise. Part of my ire stems from the pathologist “diagnosing” pseudo-lymphoma - an oxymoron in my view. To diagnose is to a) recognise a disease or to find the cause of (a problem). So, concluding with pseudolymphoma means that whatever else you mi

Alistair Robson

Alistair Robson

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