November 1944

Sternal Puncture.

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Second Edition. By A. Piney, M.D., Physician, St. Mary's Hospital for Women and Children, London, and J. L. Hamilton-Paterson, M.D., Pathologist, Redhill County Hospital, Edgeware. Price, $3.50. Pp. xiv + 69, with 13 plates. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1944.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;74(5):412. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210230104012

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Sternal puncture is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. This small monograph coming from England, therefore, is timely and interesting.

At the outset the authors state that examination of marrow films is so new that it is still in the stage at which description is all that is possible. They then describe their observations in a variety of conditions, attempting to prove that a myelogram well made and interpreted wisely may yield valuable information.

The first chapter describes the myelogram and the last the technic of sternal puncture; sandwiched between are eight chapters which describe what marrow films show in the leukemias, the anemias, infections, certain protozoal diseases and erythremia.

One of the most pleasing features of the book is its illustrations. All but one are colored; each is clearly labeled; they are so attractive to look at as to make the casual observer anxious to become a hematologist

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