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Book and Media Reviews
June 3, 2009

Nathan and Oski’s Hematology of Infancy and Childhood

JAMA. 2009;301(21):2272-2278. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.790

Nathan and Oski's textbook has been the backbone of most training in pediatric hematology and oncology. The book has increased in scope since the original book was published in 1974. There is now much more information on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment, which has translated into longer life, and often cure, for children with blood diseases and cancer.

This new seventh edition has an unanticipated change—it focuses only on benign hematology, delegating malignancies to a separate companion textbook. This hematology-only textbook comprises 37 chapters within 12 sections written by 74 experts in their individual fields and is encyclopedic in information and references. Some sections (eg, “Hemostasis”) are comprehensive and contain up to 10 chapters, while other sections (ie, “History,” “Phagocytes,” “Storage Disease,” “Supportive Therapy”) comprise only a single chapter.