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June 7, 1965

The Red Blood Cell: A Comprehensive Treatise

JAMA. 1965;192(10):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230129043

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It is stated in the jacket of this book that it is meant to be "complete and authoritative," and that "the broad scope of the survey will give both the student and the practitioner an overall understanding of the subject." Such is not the case. As the editors state in their preface, the book is meant to be a critical compendium dealing with the biology of the mature, mammalian red blood cell, and meant primarily to serve the present and future investigator. As the editors also state in their preface, some aspects of the red blood cell have not been as well covered as might have been hoped. The chapters deal with composition of red cells, ion and water permeability, metabolism (pentose phosphate, glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase, lipids, hemoglobin, methemoglobin), oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, the nature and genetics of blood group substances, erythrocyte life span, thiamine and pyridoxine in erythrocytes,

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