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May 9, 1986


JAMA. 1986;255(18):2501. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370180127052

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The latest (fourth) edition of Beck's Hematology carries on the tradition of earlier versions. Its aim is to provide medical students and those interested in reviewing a rapidly moving, diverse field with up-to-date lecture-chapters by multiple experts in a carefully edited outline format.

The major emphasis is on pathophysiology, with only cursory attention given to principles of management. The text is liberally sprinkled with excellent diagrams, tables, and illustrations. The information is presented in a condensed but quite readable form. A limited number of key references are included after each lecture. The expansion and updating of lectures on lymphoma, leukemia, and coagulation complements the traditionally strong coverage of red blood cell topics.

This book achieves its stated goals and more. It is a welcome addition to the internist's or hematologist's library.