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April 1965

Clinical Haematology in Medical Practice.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(4):510-511. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860160136035

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This book deserves to be better known among American physicians. Written by an Australian hematologist noted for his studies of red cell metabolism and hemolytic anemia, it is a masterpiece of clarity and organization. Less detailed and bulky than Wintrobe's standard text, it is nevertheless comprehensive and thorough. Each chapter is developed so logically and written so well that it reads like the lecture of a master teacher.

Among the sections of special merit are those on interpretation of marrow morphology, differential diagnosis of anemia and pancytopenia, and the numerous comparative tables.

A few minor criticisms are pertinent. The category of "normoblastic macrocytic anemias," as defined by de Gruchy, is not really meaningful or useful. It includes both anemias characterized by reticulocytosis (such as bleeding and hemolysis) and those with macronormoblastic marrow (such as liver disease and malnutrition). But the marrow morphology in the latter is characterized by changes in

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