Clinical Pathology, Application and Interpretation

by Benjamin B. Wells, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Clinical Investigation, The Lynn Clinic, Detroit. Former Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha. 2nd edition, 488 pp. illustrated. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1956. $8.50

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This is another book in a field that is rather well covered from many aspects. Its review of the subject is concise and brief with emphasis on major points and without entering into any of the more controversial aspects of difficult subjects. It would be very easy for the practitioner or the student to use in that its organization is logical and the index, complete and detailed. In the standard areas of infectious diseases, the gastro-intestinal system, and the diseases of the kidney—it is informative and lucid. The general comments on the significance of the liver test are useful and properly emphasize these problems. The author outlines the various indices for erythrocytic analysis very well, although one does miss a few pictures in Hematology that would at least demonstrate the basic morphologic characteristics of the various cell types to the beginner.Likewise, the reference diagrams regarding parasites and their cycles, although frequently found in books and in literature nonetheless might well have been added in the section on parasites in order to complete that aspect.