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April 8, 1950

Hemorrhage Disorders: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1950;142(14):1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910320074024

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The subject of abnormal bleeding is presented in a concise clear, didactic manner. Many illustrations, most of them in color, and graphs and diagrams employ the principles of visual education to excellent advantage. The type is large, varied in size and underlined for emphasis, which facilitates reading and understanding.

The book is based on the author's observations of over 500 patients with many hemorrhagic diseases. An excellent summary of the physiology of hemostasis is followed by a brief but clear section describing the technical details of all tests the authors used to diagnose these disorders. One might question whether the technic for prothrombin determination is the best available, and it is doubtful that the suction method for testing capillary fragility is as sound as the positive pressure method with the use of a blood pressure cuff. However, it is probably sound to present this material in terms of one method

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