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Book and Media Reviews
November 12, 2008

Blood Disorders in the Elderly

JAMA. 2008;300(18):2184-2185. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.618

The world's population continues to age, and with the aging comes an increasing need for understanding geriatric subspecialties. As such, this book on hematology in elderly persons is a welcome addition to books in neonatal, pediatric, and adult hematology. The addition is especially important because many common hematologic problems in the geriatric population, such as anemia, remain undefined and unclear to most hematologists.

The book is edited by a geriatric hematologist, geriatrician, and researcher, each of whom is a well-respected expert in his own area of expertise. The text is divided into 5 major areas: epidemiology, hematopoiesis, anemia, hematologic malignancies, and disorders of hemostasis. Within these 5 major areas are chapters on several main areas in geriatric hematology, including erythropoiesis, hematopoiesis, iron, vitamin B12, anemia, cancer chemotherapy, acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, myeloproliferative diseases, acquired hemophilia, coagulation, platelet disorders, and antithrombotic therapy. The text is accompanied by excellent photographs, although the color photographs are placed in the center of the book, making it somewhat awkward at times to pair the text with photographs.