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Dreyfus has gathered together a series of items in the history of hematology, with conspicuous emphasis on contributions of French hematologists. Since this is a selective work, the author is certainly at liberty to pick out those he wants to write about. The writing is delightful, and the short historical sketches are very illuminating. The latter portion of the book is taken over with a charming biographical sketch of Georges Hayem. This book will appeal not only to hematologists but to internists and anyone interested in the history of medicine. The sketches are excellent, but certainly it is not a systematic treatise. A reflection which comes from reading this book is that from the time of Leeuwenhoek to Hayem for two-hundred years microscopy did not deign to seek out medicine. Within the realm of medical practice certain systems, threatened by facts, rejected the microscope as a means to extend the
Bean WB. Some Milestones in the History of Hematology. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(6):1018–1019. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260120162026
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