The Blood in Disease

by Charles A. Hall, M.D., The Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, New York. xii + 292 pages, illustrated. J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1968. $16.75

H. R. RobertsPathology Department School of Medicine University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

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This is a small book dealing with the subject of hematology. It is succinctly written in an appealing style. Dispersed throughout the book are timely critical comments pointing out those areas of hematology where there is more speculation than fact. Unlike many other short books on broad subjects, the writer has managed to cover many subjects comprehensively. This is especially true of the chapter on iron deficiency and megaloblastic anemias. The chapter dealing with hematologic findings in diseases of the kidney, liver, and the endocrine system is also good. The section on hemostasis is brief but better than one usually encounters in this type of book. In the tables, figures, and texts of these chapters, one can often find the answers to questions that are sometimes difficult to find in larger, more comprehensive, hematology textbooks.

Most disappointing are the sections dealing with the hemolytic anemias and hematologic malignancies, where much of the discussion is too sketchy to be of much benefit.