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The advances in the understanding of the physiology and pathology of blood coagulation have been bewilderingly rapid in recent years. Even the experts in the field have difficulty keeping pace. The others, including scientists in related fields and clinicians, have all but given up hope of being able to maintain an understanding of and a critical point of view in relation to these important developments. This is probably the reason for the large number of monographs on this subject written from various points of view. The present contribution is an attempt by two distinguished German investigators to give a comprehensive and critical review of the present-day knowledge of this subject.
As indicated in the title, the emphasis is on techniques. The first chapter deals with the modern concepts of the physiology of blood clotting, which consists of an initial prophase and four phases. During the prophase, active thromboplastin is formed
Klinische Methoden der Blutgerinnungsanalyse. JAMA. 1959;170(13):1610–1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130114033
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