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May 4, 1963

The red cell; production, metabolism, destruction: normal and abnormal.

JAMA. 1963;184(5):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700180158026

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The Red Cell is a noteworthy and outstanding achievement by John W. Harris. This book is concerned with essential basic and clinical features of normal and abnormal production, metabolism, and destruction of erythrocytes. It represents a new approach to medical school teaching of hematology and beautifully integrates the description of abnormalities of red cells encountered in the practice of medicine, with relevant biochemistry, physiology, and pathology. This rational presentation of the mechanisms of production of the anemic and polycythemic states of man, and the corresponding scientific account of the symptoms associated with these hematologic abnormalities, is sparkling in its clarity. The 2000-plus scientific reports that Dr. Harris has examined critically in preparing this book —many of them published as recently as a few months ago—are listed for the interested reader. Although prepared primarily for medical students, this book will be of great value to practitioners of medicine who are curious

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