March 1974

Hematology—Principles and Practice.

Author Affiliations

La Jolla, Calif


Edited by Charles E. Mengel, MD; Emil Frei, III, MD; and Ralph Nachman, MD. Price, not given. Pp 732. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 35 E Wacker Dr, Chicago 60601, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(3):503. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320150177027

The cover is a dramatic colored photo from Life magazine, surely the handsomest in the field. Inside the book are a few diagrams but no pictures. This may relate somehow to an involvement with new visual techniques for the transfer of medical information, which is discussed in the preface, but it is unusual for a hematology text to be without illustrations.

The contents exhibit a nicely designed balance between essays on "basic science" and the practice of hematology. Only a few topics have been slighted. Hypersplenism is dealt with in a dozen lines, little more than a definition. The sentence devoted to malignant myelofibrosis is not indexed and lacks references. There is no mention of Felty syndrome or the anemia or uremia. There is no discussion or references concerning treatment of patients in blast crises of chronic granulocytic leukemia.

Other aspects of hematologic therapy might have been more carefully stated.

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