As stated in the preface, the purpose of the text is to bridge the gap between shorter textbooks of hematology and in-depth research monographs by providing a relatively complete summary of the biochemical and physiological concepts required for understanding blood disorders. The target audience includes post-graduate trainees in clinical and laboratory hematology or internal medicine. To reach this goal, 33 expert authors have attempted to summarize their knowledge of a specific discipline or subject area and have achieved an extremely high quality of content. At the same time, this approach has resulted in a loss of cohesive organization; many topics are covered by more than one author, even to the point of redundancy.
Although the text was designed for the training of a clinical or laboratory hematologist, little emphasis is placed on the clinical approach to diagnosis of blood disorders, especially the laboratory aspect of hematology. The reader is referred