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August 8, 1986

Hematology, the Blossoming of a Science: A Story of Inspiration and Effort

JAMA. 1986;256(6):772-773. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380060098039

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Wintrobe's Clinical Hematology has been a standard in the field since 1942, its revisions having since appeared with comforting regularity. In recent years, there has been one American and one British entry for competition, but I consider Wintrobe's book to remain the gold standard. This amazing man next generated the definitive history of his field, a Wintrobe edited and multiauthored opus. How to top this?

This volume probably makes no such attempt; instead, it serves to fill in personal and, it is hoped, colorful biographical accounts of those who have made significant impacts on the development of hematology, often with interesting insights into the background leading to their contributions. The persons who qualify for such mention are legion, and how to select without producing a "telephone book"? What was done appears to represent Wintrobe's personal honor list. I presume that he and selected colleagues did the work on those no