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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ruta M. Radvany, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book on flow cytometry, one of several publications on the subject, is not a new edition, but an update and expansion of a similar book edited by the first author and published in 1989. It provides a brief, up-to-date, comprehensive review of practical, technical, and theoretical aspects of flow cytometry and its uses in clinical medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide practical and theoretical understanding of flow cytometry, to provide information about clinical applications, and to stimulate interest about its future uses. The authors have met these objectives and books of this type are always needed.
Audience: This book is appropriate for anyone working in the area of flow cytometry or responsible for interpreting results and for anyone who needs to understand the results provided by flow cytometry. Selected chapters are appropriate for a beginner seeking general information about on this subject. This book would be too general for a basic scientist-flow cytometry specialist.
Features: The book is attractive. The text contains clear tables, diagrams, and flow cytometry histograms, which are adequately described and easily found. All chapters have an adequate number of references, which are more up-to-date for some subjects than for others.
Assessment: This comprehensive and interesting book has been divided into three sections: background, principles, and techniques; clinical applications of surface marker analysis; and DNA analysis. The index is detailed, which allows easy access to any subject of interest for quick reference. This is a good book for a medical library, a clinical laboratory library, and as personal reference material for laboratory directors, hematologists, and pathologists.