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Books, Journals, New Media
December 27, 2000

Transfusion Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2000;284(24):3185. doi:10.1001/jama.284.24.3185

This textbook is suitable for education of medical students and other medical professionals who need an in-depth review of the cell biology of the erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. It also contains factual and up-to-date date information about immunology, immunohematology, and coagulation.

The text is reasonably well illustrated with simple black-and-white line drawings and enhanced tables. Buried within the lengthy chapters are a number of historical vignettes, which are accurate, reasonably complete, and interesting. For the reader interested in the protein biochemistry of blood components, the multiple contributors have done a consistent job of providing complete detailed information. Chapter 17 on fibrinolysis has an excellent discussion on thrombolytic agents, including comparison of their relative strengths. Information usually unavailable, such as the origin of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, is well explicated. The majority of the information presented is of more academic interest than practical application.