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The fifth edition of Blood Diseases of Infancy and Childhood heralds the end of an era, with Dr Carl Smith's name no longer a part of the title. This reviewer finds it difficult to adequately describe one of the classic reference texts on pediatric hematology in the allotted space. The list of contributors reads like a "who's who" of pediatric hematology and is a tribute to the editors who attracted them to the hard work of textbook writing.
As with past editions, numerous flow charts, schematic diagrams, graphs, tables, photomicrographs, and radiological images augment the text. A particularly useful feature is the indexing of chapter bibliographies by major topics—a boon to those who wish to read further.
The initial section deals with the maternal-fetal interaction and normal hematologic values for perinatal, neonatal, and various developmental age groups. The chapter on blood group antigens and erythrocyte transfusion and component therapy should
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