Jan Balko, MD
Jan Balko, MD
editor and chief illustrator
Pathologist and assistant at the Institute of pathology and molecular medicine, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic; Head of the theoretical education of histology at the higher specialised school MILLS; Former lecturer at the Institute of histology and embryology, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

It is said that there are two kinds of textbooks. "American model" is a book that tries to sell itself to the reader and attract him/her with readable text with numerous pictures and diagrams, so that his studies go smoothly. The second model is the so–called "Russian" – textbooks that simply provide the material and "who does not understand it, has got nothing to do here". I firmly believe that we have managed to create the first model. I do not want to describe the incredible amount of work at length we devoted to it. I’d rather find a spot in silence somewhere in the corner, and I believe that all texts and pictures which we have prepared with co–authors, will make your studies of this beautiful, yet underrated science, histology, simpler. As a pathologist, I also know that histology is not an unnecessary discipline, but rather a fundamental building block for understanding the pathology – associated science, every physician will work with. And do not look for anything cynical in this statement.

(foreword from the beginning of first edition of Memorix Histology)