August 1971

A Short Textbook of Haematology.

Author Affiliations

Princeton, NJ


By RB Thompson, MD. Price, $8. Pp 384. JB Lippincott Co, E Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(2):316-317. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310200152025

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This is a short textbook of "haematology" designed to fill the gap between major textbooks and chapters in more comprehensive texts. By and large, the author succeeds in his purpose. Its 384 pages are about 30% the number of Wintrobe's 1,287, and 56% of de Gruchy's 681; but since the latter costs only a few dollars more, is better illustrated and written somewhat more felicitously, many readers will prefer it.

The book is well organized, with chapters on red and white blood cells, blood groups, iron metabolism, anemias, the spleen, proliferative disorders, paraproteinemias, and hemorrhagic disorders. References are current (through 1968) and emphasize the British literature. Emphasis is on pathophysiology and clinical description, and in some cases rather specific therapeutic measures are spelled out.

Errors are few and insignificant. The author finds room for speculation. This keeps the book from being dull, but renders it subject to challenge. Examples include

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