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March 5, 1960

Biochemistry of Blood in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1960;172(10):1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020100123045

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This compact textbook presents a summary of physiology, pathology, clinical medicine, and biochemistry. Although the author is to be commended for the wealth of material presented in a concise fashion, there are several drawbacks. Many theories and controversial opinions are presented as fact, and the bibliography is inadequate. Repeatedly the critical reader will be frustrated by dogmatic statements he wishes to challenge but which are not documented by evidence or reference to original work in the literature. Furthermore, a number of errors of content as well as typographical errors detract from the value of the book. This book is too brief to suffice as a textbook and too opinionated without documentation to be of more than limited value to the experienced reader.

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