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February 27, 2002

CoagulationA History of Blood Coagulation

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Charles A. Owen, Jr, edited by William L. Nichols and E. J. Walter Bowie, 355 pp, with illus, soft cover, $49.95, ISBN 1-893005-90-9, Rochester, Minn, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(8):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.1051-JBK0227-3-1

The rapidly developing science of hemostasis has often left the average physician somewhat confused, if not mystified, by the coagulation cascade, clotting proteins designated by Roman numerals, and the complexities of the plasminogen-plasmin system. Thus, to convey developments from the days of Hippocrates and Galen to the present, one would need more than a litany of historical names. In A History of Blood Coagulation, the late Charles A. Owen, Jr, MD, PhD, has provided a concise description of the hemostatic mechanism to accompany the historical anecdotes. Thus, the reader who is not a "clotter" will have a greater appreciation of the evolution of our understanding of hemostasis.

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