Hematology for Practitioners, edited by Marshall Lichtman, was written to help primary physicians evaluate hematologic signs. It is not written for the hematologist, medical student, or physician seeking a description of a hematologic disease process or the latest information on therapy. By starting with common laboratory abnormalities such as anemia, hyperglobulinemia, splenomegaly, or neutropenia, specific outlines for evaluation with a few well-selected tests are described in detail. The book is well written and has adequate illustrations and flowcharts. The book is an outgrowth of a course offered by the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1976. Almost all references seem to be prior to that year.
The chapters on surgical management, radiotherapeutic considerations, and psychological issues are not written in sufficient depth and seem out of context for this book. Chapters on cytogenetics and genetic considerations are well written but do not seem to fit into the goal of