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I wish to thank the students at Indiana University School of Medicine and the undergraduates at Indiana University Bloomington with whom I studied histology and cell biology for over 38 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. The help of Sue Childress and Dr. Mark Braun was invaluable in slide preparation and creation of the virtual microscope for human histology respectively.

As with the last edition, the present text includes multiple-choice questions at the end of each chapter, aimed to test the learner's retention and understanding of important points in that body of material. 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 United States 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 colleagues and reviewers throughout the world who provided specialized expertise or original photographs, as also acknowledged further in these figures' captions. I thank those professors and students in the United States and countries throughout the world 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 editor Michael Weitz, whose work made possible publication of this 16th edition of Junqueira's Basic Histology: Text and Atlas.

Anthony L. Mescher
Indiana University School of Medicine–Bloomington

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