By JH Thomas, MRCP, DCH; DEB Powell, MD, MRCP, MRCPath. Price $15.50. Pp 284, with 85 illustrations. John Wright & Sons Ltd, Bristol, England; Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1971.
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I was somewhat surprised when I received this volume for review in that it had occurred to someone to write a hematology book whose scope was limited to the elderly. Pediatric hematology, fine; but geriatric hematology! It simply glosses over those blood diseases which are generally held to be peculiar to young children, and briefly covers the rest of hematology.
Unfortunately, much of what seems rightfully to belong to the pediatrician cannot be ignored when dealing with older patients. All too often a hereditary hemolytic or hemorrhagic disorder first turns its hand to mischief in later years. Further, most of the remaining diseases may indeed be problems of young or middle aged adults.
Despite my little quarrel with its skewed viewpoint, I do not think this is a bad book. The writing is direct and concise, and the format attractive and easy to read. References are not extensive but are
Finkel HE. Blood Disorders in the Elderly.. Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(4):653. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650040177026