by Matthew H. Block, PhD, MD, 651 pp, $76.50, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger Publishers, 1976.
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This text-atlas of hematology was written with the expressed intent of relating morphological observations to pathophysiological concepts as a clinical problem-solving mechanism. This is attempted through an easy-toread narrative-like recording of the experience and observation of 37 years of the author's work. This book is not an encyclopedia of hematology, and I do not believe it was intended to be. As with many single-author texts, much of the material presented represents the bias of the observer. Some concepts and conclusions are presented that may not be held by most hematologists.
The insistence throughout the book that bone marrow sections must be examined and that smears alone are not reliable is a notable attribute. Additionally, there are several sections that are exceptionally good, such as the discussions of the hemoglobinopathies, aplasias, and primary splenic neutropenia. I found the concept of "myeloid decompensation" as an etiological mechanism of some of the symptoms
Douglas W. Text-Atlas of Hematology. Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(12):1737-1738. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630240069026