June 1972

Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology.

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By Byrd S Leavell, MD; Oscar A Thorup Jr, MD. Price, $18. Pp 659, with 100 illustrations, including 7 color. WB Saunders Co, Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(6):999-1000. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320060147029

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In the five years since the last edition of this reliable textbook of hematology, 10% has been added to the book's size and 50% to its price (Where will that ever end?), related film strips on morphology have been made available, and Oscar Thorup has moved from Virginia to Arizona. On the whole, little else has changed in a major way, and this is all to the good; it remains a comprehensive and readable survey of clinical hematology and the basic disciplines which support it.

The book aims for and achieves a broad middle ground in scope and tone. It is far better than an outline but does not attempt the depth of Wintrobe's incredible tour de force. While controversy is generally avoided, currently held facts and theories are presented with fairness. The bibliography is extensive and up-to-date, including citations published in 1970, as well as older articles of enduring

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