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I wish to thank the students at Indiana University School of Medicine and the undergraduates at Indiana University with whom I have studied histology and cell biology for over 30 years and from whom I have learned much about presenting basic concepts most effectively. Their input has greatly helped in the task of maintaining and updating the presentations in this classic textbook. As with the last edition the help of Sue Childress and Dr. Mark Braun was invaluable in slide preparation and the virtual microscope for human histology respectively.

A major change in this edition is the inclusion of self-assessment questions with each topic/chapter. Many of these questions were used in my courses, but others are taken or modified from a few of the many excellent review books published by McGraw-Hill/Lange for students preparing to take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination. These include Histology and Cell Biology: Examination and Board Review, by Douglas Paulsen; USMLE Road Map: Histology, by Harold Sheedlo; and Anatomy, Histology, & Cell Biology: PreTest Self-Assessment & Review, by Robert Klein and George Enders. The use here of questions from these valuable resources is gratefully acknowledged. Students are referred to those review books for hundreds of additional self-assessment questions.

I am also grateful to my colleagues and reviewers from throughout the world who provided specialized expertise or original photographs, which are also acknowledged in figure captions. I thank those professors and students in the United States, as well as Argentina, Canada, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan, and Syria, who provided useful suggestions that have improved the new edition of Junqueira's Basic Histology. Finally, I am pleased to acknowledge the help and collegiality provided by the staff of McGraw-Hill, especially editors Michael Weitz and Brian Kearns, whose work made possible publication of this 14th edition of Junqueira's Basic Histology.

Anthony L. Mescher
Indiana University School of Medicine

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