The author, a pathologist, aims at the neophyte hematologist, be he physician or technician. Major emphasis is on the laboratory rather than the clinic. The color plates, one an excellent double fold-out on cell maturation, most of full-page size, appear mainly in three groupings through the book, and constitute a useful atlas on blood and marrow cells. A few plates are artist's drawings, and well done. More than 400 individual color photomicrographs are represented in other plates. Tincture, clarity, balance, and pertinence are generally good, occasionally poor. Characteristic cells are identified, but a few errors are seen. For example, a spherocyte in plate 24 is called an anisocyte, and ovalocytes in plate 21 are called spherocytes.
Advantages, disadvantages, and problems associated with new, automated methods in hematology are considered in detail. There is a helpful chapter on quality control in the hematology laboratory. The technician will find good cookbook directions