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In one manageable book entitled Hemorrhagic and Thrombotic Diseases in Childhood and Adolescence, Dr Corrigan has effectively summarized a medical topic that continually provides challenges for patient care providers. This book is appropriately introduced by the author, who correctly identifies his audience. The book is an excellent reference source for students and house staff as well as a handbook for patient care to be used by the practicing physician.
While not exhaustive, the overview of the hemostatic system, including terminology and a discussion of congenital coagulation defects (chapters 1 through 3), is comprehensive. Chapter 2, in particular, gives the reader the impression of being on a roller coaster as the author superficially touches the majority of hemorrhagic disorders. The major use of these sections should be as a quick reference source. At the end of each of these three chapters, the author has included exhaustive reference lists for more detailed