April 9, 1982

Current Hematology

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond


vol 1, edited by Virgil F. Fairbanks, 673 pp, with illus, $55, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(14):2026-2027. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390084058

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The first volume of Current Hematology, another compilation of reviews to add to those already weighing heavily on the shelves of most medical libraries, arrives with the editor's hope that it will be different. One can readily agree with Fairbanks' observation that the publication explosion in biologic science makes "keeping up" impossible, even in relatively narrow specialties. Many would also add that a proliferation of reviews, seminars, and clinics in hematology have not produced a medium that broadly covers major areas of hematology on a regular basis. Too often they serve the author's specialized interest or review an area of research of most value to the investigators.

This new publication presumes to fill a need for a broad representation of the literature in major topics in hematology. No attempt is made to be all-inclusive in this first volume, and the potential clinical relevance of each subject is emphasized, though the