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October 7, 1974

Living Blood Cells and Their Ultrastructure

Author Affiliations

Cook County Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1974;230(1):134-135. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240010092049

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This magnificent encyclopedic text of hematological morphology will be a classic for years to come, both as an atlas of 751 superb illustrations and an equally detailed, lucidly written text. The purpose of the book is quite succinctly stated in the preface, namely, to show the three-dimensional aspects and ultrastructure of the hematological cells so that their physiology and pathology can be understood in context. There is no doubt that the book achieves its purpose.

A review cannot begin to do justice to the high quality of the illustrations both from the photomicrographic and technical points. Illustrations include the conventional and special optics, special stains, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and all of the recent techniques, including freeze etching and time-lapse photography. The textual material is also extremely detailed and complete, with more than 5,000 references. Nevertheless, the text is not dull but written in lucid prose that conveys the