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Books, Journals, New Media
August 13, 2003


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.

JAMA. 2003;290(6):826. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.826-a

"What are they?" This is a common response from a patient regarding his or her platelets, implying that "they" (platelets) are not a common problem in clinical medicine. Therein lies a question for the new textbook Platelets. One can reasonably ask, what need does this book fill, and who will use it?

In fact, Platelets does have a constituency and addresses not infrequent clinical and research questions. Patients and physicians meet platelets on a regular basis, particularly in regard to aspirin usage to prevent atherothrombosis and in response to questions about platelet counts and bruising. Also, investigators will appreciate the trove of well-documented information. So, this text will serve a useful purpose, and in fact, it is one of the first, full-length (956 pages) texts devoted solely to this single topic.