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March 4, 1974

Sandoz Atlas of Haematology

Author Affiliations

Austin, Tex

JAMA. 1974;227(9):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230220055025

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I've always considered an atlas something to look at rather than read, to go through out of interest, or when the unidentifiable "skiptocyte" is under the microscope. The present volume is half text, half illustrations, with the text at the front. Despite the size of the book—99×11 inches—the printing is small, and I find the frequent references to figures at the back of the book confusing and frustrating. But this is the least of the problem: the author has tried to cover too much, to make of this a book on blood cytology and function as well as an atlas. Some of the things he covers might have interest for medical students, but the clinical material is hopelessly out of date.

Discussing lymphocytes, Undritz says, "Nothing definite is known about their functions [my italics]. Strong efforts are being made to demonstrate they play a part in immunity processes." Lymphocytes, of