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November 8, 1995

Blood: Principles and Practice of Hematology

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Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford, Calif

JAMA. 1995;274(18):1477-1478. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530180071037

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Blood: Principles and Practice of Hematology is the third major hematology text to appear in 1995 and raises such interesting questions as, How does one review a text of more than 11½ lb and 2300 pages? Is the world ready for another hematology text? And, what is the role of a textbook in the age of CD-ROM and computer-based literature searches?

I answered the first question by deciding that the book was an immovable item and concentrated on 21 selected chapters (about one third) of particular interest to an intellectually curious practicing hematologist. Thus, chapter 2 on laboratory methods used in analyzing blood is very complete, and I know where to find answers to questions about automated blood cell counters or FACS (fluorescence-activated cell sorter) analysis. Similarly, section 4 on molecular genetics minimizes jargon and provides helpful diagrams to explain (to me) complicated concepts. Chapter 10 on acquired aplastic anemia

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