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January 29, 1938

Atlas of Hematology

JAMA. 1938;110(5):392. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790050070024

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There have been atlases of hematology published in the past the chief aim of which has been to aid the reader to identify various types of blood cells. While this volume serves that purpose well, it goes beyond that function. It is apparent from the organization and manner of presentation that it aims at giving the student and the practitioner of medicine a method of planning, performing and interpreting a systematic hematologic examination. The authors emphasize in their preface that the book was written primarily for the clinician, the medical student and the technician rather than for the hematologist. Yet there is included much information that only an experienced hematologist could interpret properly. Perhaps Dr. Osgood is too optimistic about how easily hematologic training can be acquired. Most physicians know and most medical students will learn that identification of blood cells constitutes only a part of clinical hematology.

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