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July 28, 1951

The Physiology and Pathology of Hemostasis

JAMA. 1951;146(13):1270. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670130092030

This excellent manual serves to summarize much of the recent work in the rapidly expanding field of blood coagulation. Much of the work is a recapitulation of the author's recent publications in the field, a field in which he is an acknowledged authority. The style is good, and the format is excellent. The book suffers, unfortunately, from a lack of scientific detachment and objectivity in many of the presentations of controversial material, for example, the value of the two-stage prothrombin test, Ac globulin, and Owren's factor V. At times this is carried to a point where the text takes on the nature of a polemic, with but one side of the controversy being presented. The bibliography is excellent. The section on methods is extremely valuable, especially in the presentation of recently introduced techniques. It suffers from the exclusion of tests that the author does not consider worth including. There are

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