June 19, 1981

Neurological Complications in Clinical Haematology

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson


by G. A. B. Davies-Jones, F. E. Preston, and W. R. Timperley, 241 pp, 52 illus, $52, Oxford, England, Blackwell Scientific Publications (St Louis, Blackwell Mosby Book Distributors), 1980.

JAMA. 1981;245(23):2453. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310480063038

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The interface between hematology and neurology is broad, and neurological complications in the course of hematologic disease are frequent and varied. Both hematologists and neurologists should welcome a reference volume dealing with this interface, as there is a void in this area.

Neurological Complications in Clinical Haematology does not claim to be a reference volume and because of its limited scope it fails to fill the void entirely. The authors contend that they have avoided those topics covered by standard textbooks, but their coverage hardly goes beyond the most commonly encountered hematologic diseases: anemias, immunolymphoproliferative diseases, myeloproliferative diseases, and thrombohemorrhagic diseases. Moreover, the selection of topics is somewhat erratic. While there is a fairly extensive treatment of transient cerebral ischemia (hardly qualifying as a hematologic condition), such topics as Gaucher's disease and other lipid storage diseases that can present as hematologic disorders with neurological manifestations have been ignored. Porphyria is