edited by R. M. Hardisty and D. J. Weatherall, 1,540 pp, 358 illus, $89, Blackwell (Philadelphia, Lippincott), 1975.
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
Hillman RS. Blood and Its Disorders. JAMA. 1975;233(12):1317. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260120079033