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May 1966

Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology.

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By Byrd S. Leavell, MD, and Oscar A. Thorup, Jr., MD. Price, $12.50. Pp 597, with 87 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Co., 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, Pa 19105, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(5):731-732. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870110123032

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This is an "intermediate-sized" textbook of hematology. It is half the size of Wintrobe's encyclopedic text, and more comprehensive than Steven Schwartz' little book. It is comparable in scope to deGruchy's excellent text, differing from the latter chiefly in the quality of its prose.

The book is generally well organized and well balanced. There are many succinct discussions of basic physiology and biochemistry. There is a good discussion of disorders of iron metabolism, including hemochromatosis, a subject notably lacking from Wintrobe's text. Reference lists are comprehensive and up-to-date (1965). A practical approach to diagnosis is presented, especially in the sections on lymphoma and hemolytic anemia. The final section on laboratory procedures is a convenient compendium of methods.

Among the special features are the historical introduction to the various sections and the illustrative clinical cases. Some of the latter are succinctly presented, but others include irrelevant details. The case of "acute

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