Rh-Hr Blood Types. Applications in Clinical and Legal Medicine and Anthropology
by Alexander S. Wiener, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.A.P., Senior Bacteriologist (Serology) to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. 763 pp., illustrated. New York, Grune & Stratton, 1954. Price $11.50
This book, by a leading blood-group investigator and renowned serologist, has long been overdue. Clarification of the intricacies of the Rh-Hr blood types is badly needed. Disappointingly, however, this is merely a collection of 84 reprints of Dr. Wiener's numerous articles of the last dozen or more years, selected, not exclusively for scientific value but often to claim priority for ideas, to stress the merits of his special nomenclature, and to ridicule any other. Many of the brief case reports to which long discussions were appended could better have been combined in single more compact articles. The author's complete bibliography, listing 260 publications in the last twelve years, shows boundless energy but the articles themselves are often repetitious, apparently hastily written, and argumentative.