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History of AFIP/ARP Fascicles
The Atlas of Tumor Pathology was first conceived at a cancer research meeting held in St. Louis in September 1947, as an attempt to standardize the nomenclature of neoplastic diseases. The first series was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council. Many of the illustrations were provided by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). The American Registry of Pathology (ARP) purchased the Fascicles from the Government Printing Office and sold them virtually at cost. Over a period of 20 years, approximately 15,000 copies each of nearly 40 Fascicles were produced. They quickly became among the most influential publications on tumor pathology.
With former partners Universities Associated for Research and Education in Pathology (UAREP) and AFIP no longer functioning. ARP is now the responsible organization. Features of the latest series of fascicles include the following:
• Color illustrations
• Increased emphasis on the cytopathologic and molecular features that are important in diagnosis and prognosis
• Concise and up-to-date information on the nomenclature and classification; epidemiologic, clinical, and pathogenetic features
• Guidance in the diagnosis of the tumors and tumor-like lesions of all major organ systems and body sites
• Nomenclature that correlates with that proposed by the World Health Organization’s Classification of Tumors.
The ongoing efforts of the editor-in-chief, associate editors, Editorial Advisory Board, the reviewers, the editorial and production staff, and the individual Fascicle authors ensure that this series is a worthy successor to the previous three.
AFIP Atlas of Tumor Pathology
AFIP Atlas of Nontumor Pathology