Dr. Linman has brought forth a textbook of clinical hematology, moderate in price and in length, intended especially for medical students, interns, residents, and medical practitioners in specialties other than hematology. But his work is of sufficient depth and breadth to prove useful to many clinical hematologists. The prospective buyer will find that it competes favorably with several other recently published entries in the same category.
There are large numbers of photomicrographs which are of particular value. Generally these are of good quality, but a few are under-exposed or poorly focused. The absence of color may be a drawback to the unpracticed eye, especially in white blood cell interpretation. The prose reads well, and clear explanations of mechanisms introduce each chapter. Frequent references to hematologic history, with an occasional dash of philosophy, contribute to the interest. One abbreviation is disconcerting; even nimble clinical reflexes may stumble on "BGN." Some readers