By George A McDonald, MD; TC Dodds, FIMLT; and Bruce Cruickshank, MD, PhD, FRCP, MRCPath. Price, $22. Pp 226. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1971.
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This is an excellent volume for the novice because it compares normal with classic abnormal cytologic and histologic findings of many hematologic and lymphatic system disorders. Photomicrographs are well chosen and reproduced with generally excellent chromatic detail. The phase contrast microscopy section is noteworthy and exemplifies this useful morphological technique. Future editions might provide additional phase photomicrographs especially of cells related to the histiocytic series, eg, the "hairy" cells of leukemic reticuloendotheliosis which some claim are more easily identified by the technique. The section on blood parasites is also succinctly presented with excellent depiction of life cycles of malaria parasites. Photomicrographs of maturation sequences of lymphocytes, monocytes, and megakaryocytes are commendable.
The book does have seveal general and specific deficiencies. Its format (321 figures on 217 pages) obviates even a modest amount of discussion or presentation of differential diagnosis of cell types or combinations of cells found on smear, eg,
Dillon DE. Atlas of Hematology.. Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(1):153-154. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650010131036