October 1972

Blood Coagulation Simplified.

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San Francisco


By F Nour-Eldin, PhD, MB, BCh, LMSSA, MRCPath. Price, $6.75. Pp 196. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 440 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):652-653. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040176024

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In this pocket-sized monograph, Nour-Eldin attempts to present a concise statement of the rudiments of hemostasis and coagulation and the application of diagnostic laboratory tests. The basic failure of his effort is that the book is often less simplified and more complex than many conventional coagulation manuals and textbook chapters. His laboratory methodology is frequently unclear due to the author's tendency to mix theory and technique within the same paragraph.

Certain of the techniques highlighted for the routine evaluation of coagulation problems, most notably the thromboplastin generation test, are seldom used routinely in this country. No attention is paid to the activated partial thromboplastin time as both a sensitive screening test for coagulation abnormalities and for quantitative assay of specific clotting factor deficiencies. The section on tests of platelet function falls victim to the rapid advances which have been made; it is obsolete by current standards.

Throughout the book, references

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