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October 28, 1961

The Red Cell; an Account of Its Chemical Physiology and Pathology

JAMA. 1961;178(4):443. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040430079034

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To say that the erythrocyte is not an important aspect of the human machine would border on asininity. An understanding of red blood cell physiology and pathology is of prime importance to all physicians.

An author who can collect all available and pertinent information on the red blood cell should be commended. While such a monograph does not become a bedtime story, it can be a wonderful aid to the physician and researcher. In this volume, both can find complete references. The accurate subject and author indices also add to the value of this commendable work.

Part one of the monograph discusses the normal physiology of the red blood cell in relation to its morphology and aging, molecular structure, permeability, metabolism, hemolytic mechanism, and blood storage. The second part, which deals with the pathological red blood cell, makes note of the morphological changes, molecular changes, and hemolytic mechanisms.

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