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June 23/30, 1999

History of Hematology: Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth-Century America

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by Keith Wailoo, 281 pp, $39.95, ISBN 0-8018-5474-1, Baltimore, Md, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

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JAMA. 1999;281(24):2348-2349. doi:10.1001/jama.281.24.2348-JBK0623-3-1

Aptly titled, Drawing Blood, Keith Wailoo's survey of the development of American hematology since the late 19th century, provides an eminently readable historical view of a key element in the relationships among patients, doctors, and disease. Professor Wailoo, who teaches the history of medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, examines the evolving professional identities of physicians and the development of the tools of blood analysis, all of which fostered changes in both therapeutics and thinking about blood disorders.