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June 17, 1983

Topical Reviews in Haematology

Author Affiliations

North Bradford, Conn

JAMA. 1983;249(23):3252-3253. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330470072042

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Multitopic reviews in broad subspecialty areas face the daunting challenge of balancing depth with breadth, methodology with concept, and thematic coherence with sufficient diversity to attract a broad readership. Volume II of Topical Reviews in Hematology emphasizes in-depth treatment of eight topics with no attempt to establish thematic links among them. The result is a collection of eight good, readable, but unrelated, papers in a volume unlikely to be read "cover-to-cover" by most hematologists.

Three papers are technical in orientation: a review of plastic embedding techniques for bone marrow specimens by Rowden et al, a survey of leukopheresis methods by Hester and Kellogue, and an introduction to the use of chromagenic peptides for coagulation factor assays by Scully and Kakker. These are primarily "how-to" papers of interest to those who wish to establish the techniques. The remaining papers are highly focused literature reviews of narrow topics: eosinophilic granules (Hudson and