By Cecil Hougie. 303 pp, with 16 illus. $11.95. Blakiston Division, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 330 W 42nd St, New York 36, 1963
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In the preface the author states that this book is not intended for the research worker in the field of blood coagulation, but for medical students, practicing physicians, and laboratory technicians. This aim is in general accomplished. The text is readable and not too complicated for the neophyte, and the illustrations of the various clotting tests should be most useful to the beginning laboratory technician.
The author, attempting to simplify, has not covered in enough depth such clinical areas as hemophilia and thrombocytopenia. The overall usefulness of this work would have been markedly increased if these areas had been discussed in greater detail. The chapters on anticoagulation and the coagulation abnormalities during pregnancy represent the strongest part of the book. The section on the laboratory control of anticoagulant therapy is especially good, even for readers who do not share the author's enthusiasm for anticoagulation in myocardial infarction.
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Breckenridge RT. Fundamentals of Blood Coagulation in Clinical Medicine. JAMA. 1964;187(2):157. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060150081040