July 1984

Iron Metabolism

Author Affiliations

Charlottesville, Va


by Ivan Bernat, 415 pp, $39.50, New York, Plenum Publishing Corp, 1983.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(7):1351-1355. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350190035005

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The blurb states that this book reports on research work concerning iron metabolism and reviews important results obtained in clinical practice by Dr Bernat. Bernat has worked in the field of iron metabolism for several decades. There are numerous references in the book to his work, including material on iron absorption, iron therapy, anemia of thermal injury, and tissue effects of iron deficiency. Thus his credentials as an iron devotee are well established.

Despite this broad background in iron metabolism, the book he produced has serious drawbacks. The most important criticisms are that (1) the book is not up to date and (2) it does not offer what the blurb states, ie, "a keen, critical survey of the literature." A book should not be criticized for excluding material appearing after it has been written and published; nevertheless, this book is outdated disproportionate to its date of publication.

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