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September 1936

Studies on Bone Marrow from Sternal Puncture.

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By Nils Göran Nordenson. From the IV Medical Service, St. Erik's Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Pp. 204, with 8 colored plates. Stockholm: Börtzells, Esselte, 1935.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;58(3):575-576. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170130204015

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As the foreign literature is becoming replete with articles concerning the examination of bone marrow aspirated from the sternum for biopsy, a comprehensive review of the subject in English is welcome. This lengthy monograph, covering the literature to the time of its publication (368 items in the bibliography) and incorporating the author's observations made in over three hundred biopsies, falls short of excellency. Its very completeness encumbers its clarity. The hematologist will discover material of definite value but will find the reading laborious. In addition to the twenty-one errata listed, there are many typographic errors. It is difficult to correlate the author's data, as the case protocols and the tables of data on the peripheral blood and on the bone marrow are grouped separately; also, the patients are referred to in the tables by number rather than by diagnosis. The complexity of hematologic nomenclature is allowed to "run riot," although

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