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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This book is appropriately titled — it broadly covers all aspects of clinical hematology. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive book on clinical hematology geared for undergraduates. These are very worthy objectives well met by this edition.
Audience: The book is intended for "undergraduates," according to its U.K. authors. In the U.S., it would be perfect for first or second year medical students or residents very early in their training (e.g., interns) who want a quick refresher on clinical hematology, and practicing physicians might find it helpful as a refresher as well. Allied health students or practitioners also would find this book useful. The authors are internationally renowned experts in the field.
Features: This is a wonderful introduction to clinical hematology. This new edition was necessary because of the rapid pace at which the molecular and genetic bases of hematological disorders are being uncovered. Its 30 chapters span all you could ever want to know about hematology — hematopoiesis, benign hematological disorders, hematological malignancies, stem cell transplantation, coagulation, hematological manifestations of systemic disease, transfusion medicine, and pregnancy and neonatal hematology. Whew! Two appendixes cover "normal values" (reference ranges) and the 2008 WHO classification of hematological and/or lymphoid tumors. The writing is wonderfully clear and concise and key points are well made. The layout of each chapter is standardized, visually engaging with clear delineations of sections containing more in-depth information or an overall chapter summary. A companion website enables readers to access interactive quizzes or download figures or tables from the book. My only very, very minor gripe is that some of the photomicrographs do not have faithful color reproduction (e.g., blue or yellow tints). (Although it's not mentioned, the first author has a wonderful book (Color Atlas of Clinical Hematology, 4th edition, Hoffbrand et al. (Elsevier, 2010)), which would be a great companion reference for anyone wanting more in-depth information.) Of note, the recently published Pathophysiology of Blood Disorders, Bunn and Aster (McGraw-Hill, 2011), reprises a three-week lecture series for second year Harvard medical students. While both books may be directed at the same primary audience, the Bunn and Aster book incorporates scientific advances more effortlessly and thoroughly, whereas this book is better at translating scientific knowledge into everyday clinical practice.
Assessment: This is a great introductory book on clinical hematology. I'd recommend it for anyone early in their medical training or practice, or for any established practitioner wanting a quick refresher course in the subject.