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Books, Journals, New Media
November 5, 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(17):2334-2335. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2334

The best predictor of long-term viability of a medical text, in my opinion, is its ability to make it to the second edition. Having done that, Blood: Principles and Practice of Hematology, edited by Handin, Lux, and Stossel, takes its place among its well-known peers: the venerable Wintrobe's Clinical Hematology; Williams Hematology; Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice, edited by Hoffman et al; and Blood, edited by Jandl.

This Blood is the collective effort of 120 contributing authors, 47 from the Harvard system. The editors' stated goal is to "provide our readers with a readable, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference textbook covering virtually all aspects of hematology." The book comes with an accompanying CD-ROM.