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Blood Cells is a text atlas designed for hematologists, pathologists and laboratory staff in training and in practice. Each comprehensive section covers topics from determining what the disease is to differential diagnosis and which further tests are necessary. This extensively revised edition offers enhanced text and illustrations and places a stronger emphasis on clinical practice.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"You can't get much better than this book. Get it and chain it to your bookshelf. An unchained copy is guaranteed to "walk" — this book is that good."
Doody Enterprises Inc

"It is indeed a practical and excellent guide, which will be a very relevant resource and contribute to setting the standard in daily practice and training of haematology for many years to come."
European Journal of Haematology

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the fourth edition of one of the best comprehensive reference books and atlases devoted entirely to blood cells. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference for anything relevant to the practicing clinical laboratory scientist doing hematological testing. This book is considered one of the best references for hematology clinical laboratory testing, and this edition upholds its tradition of excellence. The author is a noted international authority in this area.
Audience: This book would be useful for anyone involved in clinical hematology, from clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs, in training or students) to physicians (in training, medical students, residents, fellows, in practice) or allied health practitioners. Practicing physicians in pathology, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, primary care, or in any specialty interested in blood would find this book useful.
Features: As with previous editions, the photomicrographs are breathtaking in the reproduction of morphological detail, true color, and scope of diseases represented. I literally thumbed through the entire book just to drool over the photomicrographs. What's new in this edition is material related to immunophenotyping and cytogenetics for the diagnosis of hematological disorders. Admittedly this new material is rather sparse, especially in comparison to books currently on the market that focus entirely on these new diagnostic methods. The author herself comments that the intent of this book, while attempting to be comprehensive, continues to focus primarily on core microscopic morphology and automated blood analysis. The sheer breadth and depth of the core material presented here more than makes up for the relative deficiency of in-depth discussion of newer technologies. One minor flaw was the continued use of FAB classifications for leukemias and myelodysplastic syndromes, given that many of us in the United States have migrated to using the newer WHO classifications that incorporate immunophenotyping and cytogenetics in diagnosis.
Assessment: You can't get much better than this book. Get it and chain it to your bookshelf. An unchained copy is guaranteed to "walk" — this book is that good.
From The Critics
Intended for practicing hematologists and trainees in the field, this volume serves as a guide for use in the diagnostic hematology laboratory. Covers methods of collection of blood specimens, blood film preparation and staining, the principles of manual and automated blood counts and the assessment of the morphological features of blood cells. Additions to the 1995 edition include updated information, increased guidance on further tests that should be performed for any given provisional diagnosis, details on the role of immunophenotyping, and cytogenetic and molecular genetic techniques. Abundantly illustrated with color plates throughout, as well as useful charts, tables, diagrams, and end-of-chapter test questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
A text/atlas designed to be used in the diagnostic hematology laboratory by hematologists, pathologists, and laboratory staff in training and practice. Details methods for collection of blood specimens, film preparation, and staining, outlines principles of manual and automated blood counts, and discusses assessment of the morphological features of red blood cells, characteristics of major and minor disorders, and interpretation of abnormal blood counts and morphological features. Contains color photos on every page. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405142656
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/26/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Bain's research interests are ethnic and other biological differences in haematological variables and cytogenetics in relation to haematological malignancy. She has a major interest in teaching, both undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as in the development of teaching resources such as videos, slide sets, websites and CD-ROMs and the development of teaching courses for haematologists, haematology trainees haematopathologists, medical laboratory scientists and cytogeneticists. Amongst other collaborations with experts in the field, she has devised the WHO classification of tumours of the lymphoid haemopoietic systems.

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Blood sampling and film preparation 1
2 Performing a blood count 16
3 Morphology of blood cells 52
4 Detecting erroneous blood counts 155
5 Normal ranges 175
6 Quantitative changes in blood cells 190
7 Important supplementary tests 222
8 Disorders of red cells and platelets 241
9 Disorders of white cells 338
Index 394
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