September 1974

Living Blood Cells and Their Ultra-structure

Author Affiliations

Upstate Medical Center 750 E Adams St Syracuse, NY 13210


by Marcel Bessis (Robert I. Weed, trans), 767 pp, 523 illus, $58.20, Springer-Verlag, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(3):431. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110280161043

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It has been remarked in jest that "invention is the mother of necessity." This admirable work proves the point. Now that Dr. Bessis has compiled the fruits of his many years of labor in one comprehensive text, every hematologist will need to own it.

The book deals with virtually all aspects of cell cytology. Although Dr. Bessis is perhaps best known in this country for his work with erythrocytes, this text contains in-depth treatment of the granulocytes, thrombocytes, lymphocytes, plasma cells, mast cells, and reticulohistocytic elements as well. Each of these subjects is dealt with in terms of both the normal and the pathological conditions.

The book contains 523 remarkable illustrations that serve to complement the textual material. The illustrations are of high quality and include photographs taken with light microscopy, phase microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and conventional electron microscopy. This book, however, is not merely an atlas but

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