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April 5, 1976

Hematology: Physiologic, Pathophysiologic, and Clinical Principles

Author Affiliations

Queens Hospital Center Jamaica, NY

JAMA. 1976;235(14):1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260400061039

Within the past five years, a large number of hematology textbooks have been published. Linman's text ranks among the best.

The book is somewhat shorter (1,055 pp) than its three major competitors. Wintrobe (1,896 pp), Williams (1,480 pp) and Hardisty and Weatherall (1,540 pp). The double-column format allows space for maximum information. The book is more up-to-date than Williams (1975 vs 1972) and is far cheaper ($34.95) than Hardisty and Weatherall's Blood and Its Disorders ($89). Linman's new text is an expanded version of his earlier book Principles of Hematology (Macmillan Co, 1966).

Remarkable is the fact that, except for the chapter on monoclonal gammopathies, the entire book was written by a single author. This is a distinct advantage, since the style of the book is uniform, and unnecessary duplication and overlap are avoided.

Linman's Hematology is a clinically oriented reference volume, whose goal is to provide descriptions of disease