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July 2, 1982

Clinical Hematology

JAMA. 1982;248(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330010065039

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It is now 34 years since I procured my first copy of Wintrobe's Clinical Hematology (his second edition). My mentor, Louis Limarzi, told me it was "the Bible" then, and the Bible it remains. It is comprehensive, detailed, well illustrated, and superbly documented. The latest pertinent articles are referenced, as well as classical descriptions, such as Hodgkin's account of the disease bearing his name (1832), Osler's paper on polycythemia (1903), and Herrick's on sickle cell anemia (1910).

Wintrobe managed this as a singleauthor work through six editions, but the proliferation of knowledge has made this no longer realistic; there are six coauthors of the present edition. One is not told who wrote what, but the end result is a uniform, informative style. I will not cite figures on how much it has grown since my second edition, other than to say that it weighs more than twice as much, and