May 1944

Clinical Significance of the Blood in Tuberculosis.

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By Gulli Lindh Muller, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 516. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1943.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;73(5):431. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210170068012

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This book contains a critical review of the literature and detailed serial hematologic findings in 1,000 consecutive cases of pulmonary tuberculosis observed at the State Sanitorium at Rutland, Mass. The values stressed are the red and white blood cell counts, differential count, hemoglobin content, hematocrit reading and sedimentation rate. The various parts of the book include: (1) the physiology of the blood-forming organs and the cellular response to the tubercle bacillus; (2) changes in the circulating blood in tuberculosis; (3) the sedimentation rate; (4) clinical and hematologic data as measures of constitutional reaction; (5) the effect of therapeutic methods, exercise and certain complications on the hematologic picture and (6) examination of the blood.

The book is detailed enough to give the reader a comprehensive review of hematologic methods and interpretations, in which there have been such great advances in the last fifteen years. Included are numerous tables and charts and

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