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September 22, 1975

Blood and Its Disorders

Author Affiliations

University of Washington Seattle


edited by R. M. Hardisty and D. J. Weatherall, 1,540 pp, 358 illus, $89, Blackwell (Philadelphia, Lippincott), 1975.

JAMA. 1975;233(12):1317. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260120079033

As stated in the preface, the purpose of the text is to bridge the gap between shorter textbooks of hematology and in-depth research monographs by providing a relatively complete summary of the biochemical and physiological concepts required for understanding blood disorders. The target audience includes post-graduate trainees in clinical and laboratory hematology or internal medicine. To reach this goal, 33 expert authors have attempted to summarize their knowledge of a specific discipline or subject area and have achieved an extremely high quality of content. At the same time, this approach has resulted in a loss of cohesive organization; many topics are covered by more than one author, even to the point of redundancy.

Although the text was designed for the training of a clinical or laboratory hematologist, little emphasis is placed on the clinical approach to diagnosis of blood disorders, especially the laboratory aspect of hematology. The reader is referred