The Hemorrhagic Diseases and the Pathology of Hemostasis

Robert T. Breckenridge, MD
JAMA. 1974;230(11):1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240110073034.
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Shortly after the monograph's introduction, the author reminds us that it has been 30 years since his first comprehensive work appeared on the physiology of hemostasis. This present work serves as his modern version and is intended as a practical guide for every physician who encounters bleeding problems.

Easily read and well written, the book is divided into several major sections. It begins with a chapter devoted to the historical development of the modern theory of hemostasis and a section on methods. Some readers will find the methods provincial, and the references to the prothrombin consumption test redundant, but these have served the author throughout the years and he naturally stresses them. There are major oversights in the methods section that detract from its value, eg, no discussion of clottingfactor assays and tests for fibrin-split products.

Interest notably increases when one begins the section where specific diseases are discussed. I


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