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August 10, 1984

Colour Atlas of Paediatric Haematology

Author Affiliations

Cook County Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1984;252(6):831-832. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350060069040

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Why an atlas of pediatric hematology in 1983? Hasn't the field become a study in biochemistry and molecular genetics? True, but many of these biochemical abnormalities still produce morphological change, and this is where the clinician has to start! On reflection, I realized that when questioned by house officers and students, I turned to the larger texts or to the reprint file or my personal slide collection to provide appropriate illustrations. Now I will reach for the atlas.

The atlas is far more inclusive than the term hematology would suggest. There are sections on solid tumors as found in the bone marrow and biopsy specimen and touch preparations. The atlas covers the gamut of RBCs, WBCs, and storage diseases. The inclusion of sections dealing with artifacts and parasitic infections further enhances the book's usefulness.

The plates accurately depict what comes through the hematology laboratory. Not all are in the same