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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive atlas of microscopic hematology.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a companion for two electronic "interactive tools." I've not seen these "interactive tools," but this atlas can certainly stand alone as an authoritative atlas of hematology. It is also intended to be a bench side, readily accessible reference for the hematology microscopist, as well as to assist with refresher training if needed. These are worthy goals, and the authors have succeeded admirably.
Audience: This book would be great for any student in the health professions and any practitioner with an interest in hematology and the morphological findings associated with a wide variety of hematological conditions.
Features: This one-inch thick paperback book is a really nice atlas of microscopic hematology. It contains a comprehensive set of color photomicrographs that capture all matters relevant to hematology - including normal cells and parameters and extending to a wide-ranging collection of hematological malignancies, infections, heritable conditions with morphological consequences, etc. The pictures are great - nice color and great examples of the morphological traits under discussion. Each condition merits one or more pages, with a header on each first page clearly identifying the condition under discussion. Each condition also has a brief description of the pertinent microscopic finding(s) followed by a short differential listing the other situations in which similar morphology can be observed. Each condition is concluded by a diagrammatic diagnostic scheme, identifying additional tests (beyond the CBC), if necessary, that will definitively diagnose the condition. There is virtually no explanatory text and there are no references; readers will need an authoritative book (or perhaps, the referred to electronic "interactive "tools?") nearby for more in-depth information. Of note, this book would be most useful in the laboratory if it were spiral bound (so that the pages could lie flat). Curiously, the authors refer to this as a spiral-bound atlas, yet what I received was a paperback. There's no way that this spine will survive the heavy use the book will get!
Assessment: This is a great atlas. It should be in every setting where peripheral blood and bone marrow aspirates are microscopically examined or where morphological correlates of hematology are taught.