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March 11, 1992


Author Affiliations

University of Chicago (Ill)


edited by William S. Beck, 5th ed, 667 pp, with illus, paper $24.95, ISBN 0-262-52157-1, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, 1991.

JAMA. 1992;267(10):1399. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480100109042

In the expanded and updated fifth edition of Hematology, William S. Beck aims, as in previous editions, to provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject in outline form for medical students. The scholarly emphasis on physiology and pathophysiology remains.

The lectures that constitute the text are written by a number of contributors in their respective areas of expertise and research interest. The lectures vary considerably in length and depth. For example, those on hemorrhagic disorders and malignant lymphomas are extensive, whereas attention to principles of malignant disease and transfusion therapy is purposely more limited.

A welcome new addition is the "Appendix on Laboratory Methods." The limited number of black-and-white photomicrographs are of variable quality. However, a separate computer program (HEMAVID), which makes reference to this text, has been developed to enhance teaching of blood and bone marrow morphology.

The liberal inclusion of tables, graphs, and diagrams facilitates the use of