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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michele D. Raible, MD, PharmD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This slim volume provides an overview of immunohematology and blood banking. The text is divided into 14 chapters covering areas from history and genetics to immunohematology and transfusion service concerns to donor selection, collection, and processing matters.
Purpose: This is a tool to educate the target audience about immunohematology and blood banking.
Audience: The book is specifically targeted toward medical laboratory technology students, entry-level blood bank technicians, and individuals re-entering blood banking or cross-training to work in the area.
Features: Several features are notable. The chapters are introduced with objectives and an outline. Review questions, case studies, and procedures are found at the end of each chapter, and a 150-question practice examination is placed at the end of the text. Additional information on specific topics is available in small highlighted boxes throughout the book and a glossary defines basic terms. Illustrations and tables are generally clear and helpful.
Assessment: This book provides a specialized education tool for a well-defined niche. The book is generally easy to read, although occasional grammatical errors and awkward wording are distracting. There are several useful features for the beginning student. It is not designed to give greater in-depth information for the more advanced student, however, and other textbooks provide both introductory and advanced concepts. The small size and reasonable price do make this text attractive and it will likely be a useful resource for its target audience.