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August 23, 1995

Blood Diseases of Infancy and Childhood in the Tradition of Carl H. Smith

Author Affiliations

University of California Berkeley

JAMA. 1995;274(8):660-661. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530080076052

The extended title, "In the tradition of Carl H. Smith," is embossed for the first time on the cover of this venerable text. The founding author's name is thus restored to the spine, where it can be discovered by students, house officers, and others sent by senior pediatricians to "read about it in Smith's Blood Diseases." Library copies of the sixth edition, just five years old, are thoroughly worn, suggesting that pediatricians continue to find this text a valuable reference, with or without Dr Smith's name on the cover.

According to the tradition of Carl Smith, the field of pediatric hematology is partitioned into red cells, white cells, and hemostasis. After a few preliminary topics, which could not be fitted into Dr Smith's compartments, the editors of the seventh edition hold to the traditional divisions. In the opening 50 pages, Denis Miller discusses hematologic ontogeny, fetal hematopoiesis, blood problems particular

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