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September 1970

Fine Structure of Blood and Bone Marrow.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(3):535. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310090165042

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In an atlas of any sort, the quality of the illustrations and the clarity of the explanations accompanying the illustrations are of paramount importance. In this book the former are superior to the latter. Furthermore, any atlas loses its value, particularly when presenting a subject as specialized as this, unless some attempt is made to correlate the highly specialized approach with a more generalized consideration of pathologic physiology, and perhaps even a translation of the latter into clinical medicine. In this regard, I find this atlas to be rather deficient. There is very little attempt to interpret the illustrations in terms of molecular biology, dynamic concepts of hemoglobin synthesis, and the kinetics of hematopoiesis. This last deficiency is not too significant because the book makes no pretense at being an atlas of clinical hematology, but rather an atlas of normal structure. However, in this regard the failure to bridge the

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