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November 1964

Hemoglobin: Its Precursors and Metabolites.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):716-717. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110186037

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The publication of the proceedings of a conference is often disappointing because the material is often already published or is too poorly edited to be of value. This small volume is an outgrowth of an Applied Seminar on the Clinical Pathology of Hemoglobin and is the fourth of the published series. The previous ones are on lipids, pancreas, and thyroid and parathyroid glands. The book is divided into the major subjects of Hemoglobin, Iron, Porphyrins, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12, Bile Pigments, and Erythrocyte Production and Destruction. Under these headings there are 44 brief chapters covering a highly specific subject. The biochemistry is usually presented in detail followed by the methods of measurement. At least one method is given in sufficient detail for performance by the reader, and the author discusses his reasons for choosing one method from among the several available. The meaning of the quantitative measurements is discussed,

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