March 1970

Hematology in Diagnosis and Treatment.

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio


By M Maizels, MD, FRCP, FRS, TA, J Prankerd, MD, FRCP, JDM Richards, MA, MD, MRCP. Price, $13.75. Pp 299, with few figures and many tables. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(3):554. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310030164028

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Hematology, as a subspecialty of internal medicine, has grown by leaps and bounds in depth and breadth in the last two decades. It has emerged from being a descriptive and morphologic art to a science of cell physiology and molecular chemistry. Therefore, when a group of authors embrace the Herculean labor of writing a textbook on "diagnosis and treatment" confined to 299 pages, a reviewer should respectfully seek for some meritorious comments to praise the effort. This reviewer, however, has read and reread this book and finds little to recommend it to the readers for whom it was intended, "the student and... postgraduate who has not specialized in this field."

First, it would seem to be somewhat outdated; very few of the cited references are of recent vintage. Some chapters have no references later than six years before publication. For students and postgraduates we are trying to teach today's medicine

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