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.
"What are they?" This is a common response from a patient regarding
his or her platelets, implying that "they" (platelets) are not a common problem
in clinical medicine. Therein lies a question for the new textbook Platelets. One can reasonably ask, what need does this book fill, and
who will use it?
In fact, Platelets does have a constituency
and addresses not infrequent clinical and research questions. Patients and
physicians meet platelets on a regular basis, particularly in regard to aspirin
usage to prevent atherothrombosis and in response to questions about platelet
counts and bruising. Also, investigators will appreciate the trove of well-documented
information. So, this text will serve a useful purpose, and in fact, it is
one of the first, full-length (956 pages) texts devoted solely to this single
Roth G. PlateletsPlatelets. JAMA. 2003;290(6):826. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.826-a