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December 27, 1965

Coagulation and Transfusion in Clinical Medicine

JAMA. 1965;194(13):1393-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090260053028

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It would be an interesting project to examine the forces which are responsible for the sudden appearance of many monographs written about essentially the same topic. Coagulation and Transfusion in Clinical Medicine, by Shirley Johnson and Tibor Greenwalt, is at least the 12th general text on hemorrhagic or thrombotic states in English to appear during the last five years, and I know of at least one more on the way. What distinguishes this book from the others? It has two major strengths. The first is a clear exposition of the authors' views concerning the importance of platelets in the pathogenesis of hemorrhagic states, illustrated by exceptionally clear electron micrographs. The authors believe the von Willebrand's syndrome can be subdivided into two groups, those in which the prolonged bleeding time is due to faulty release of platelet factor 3 and those with what Schulman has called vascular hemophilia. In their experience,

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