With this book, Hardisty and In-gram make a notable contribution to the literature of blood coagulation. By concisely relating theory to diagnosis and practical management, they provide a desirable addition to the libraries of those who deal with hemorrhagic disorders.
The authors begin by defining suitable diagnostic approaches to patients with hemorrhagic tendencies. Then follows a discussion of the life-long bleeding disorders in which genetic counseling is considered in managing the hereditary aspects of these syndromes. The authors also include valuable reminders concerning the dental, orthopedic, socioeconomic, and educational needs of the affected members of blighted kindreds. Although animal plasma fractions are not now available for use in this country, the discussion of the pros and cons of this type of replacement therapy for inherited clotting disorders deserves attention.
Such timely subjects as hemorrhagic complications of extracorporeal circulation and of transfusion are included in a section on acquired bleeding disorders.