October 5, 1970

Principles of Hematology

Author Affiliations

University of Tennessee Memphis


by Alvin Edward Lewis, 388 pp, with illus, $8.50, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1970.

JAMA. 1970;214(1):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180010091035

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The author presents his material in the pleasing style of an effective teacher and gives the reader a new look at blood diseases from an individual and unorthodox point of view. The major emphasis is on the chemical changes associated with blood diseases. A fitting title of the book would be "Chemical Principles of Hematology."

Twenty chapters are devoted to topics which include the morphology, formulation, and function of blood cells; pigment; iron and energy metabolism; megaloblastic and hemolytic anemias; hemoglobinopathies; systemic and malignant diseases; immunohematology; and blood coagulation. In addition there are chapters on the principles of fundamental laboratory measurements and the life span of erythrocytes.

The morphology of normal and abnormal blood cells and the anatomical changes are dealt with in a superficial way. The line drawings of the various blood cells are diagrammatic, more suited for students in grammar school than for graduate students.

The sections dealing