Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rest assured that a mean corpuscular volume of 142 fL is completely
normal—that is, if you happen to be drawing blood from an Indian elephant.
Although it’s safe to assume that the phlebotomy skills of most physicians
might preclude such an inquiry, the fact that this information is even available
in a textbook dedicated to human rather than pachyderm hematology is indicative
of the scope and breadth of the two-volume 11th edition of Wintrobe’s Clinical Hematology.
Zwicker J, Drews RE. Hematology. JAMA. 2005;293(9):1142-1146. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1143