Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology

William R. Best, MD
JAMA. 1972;220(1):134. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200010114040.
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There are now available a number of good texts in hematology. In reviewing this new edition of one such, I ask myself, For whom is it particularly suited? What is unique about this? It is quite satisfactory—readable, balanced, soundly based, and well documented. It covers the field from the clinical standpoint, is well organized and indexed. Selected case histories give the flavor of clinical practice and insights into decisions of workup and treatment. Morphologic illustrations are minimal but good. There are selected references to slides in commercially available filmstrips on morphologic hematology. This volume can be recommended for student, resident, or practitioner. There is little on laboratory methodology, however, so it is of less appeal to the technician.

Hematology has shown continued strides, and it is a real chore for an author to update from edition to edition—there is usually a five- or six-year gap between. Perhaps the thing which


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