Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
This textbook is suitable for education of medical students and other
medical professionals who need an in-depth review of the cell biology of the
erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. It also contains factual and up-to-date
date information about immunology, immunohematology, and coagulation.
The text is reasonably well illustrated with simple black-and-white
line drawings and enhanced tables. Buried within the lengthy chapters are
a number of historical vignettes, which are accurate, reasonably complete,
and interesting. For the reader interested in the protein biochemistry of
blood components, the multiple contributors have done a consistent job of
providing complete detailed information. Chapter 17 on fibrinolysis has an
excellent discussion on thrombolytic agents, including comparison of their
relative strengths. Information usually unavailable, such as the origin of
recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, is well explicated. The majority
of the information presented is of more academic interest than practical application.
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