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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Simone Silberman, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a general textbook of immunohematology, first published in 1976. A new section, "Just the Facts," has been added at the end of each chapter to highlight the material presented and serve as a quick review.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the newcomer to a broad overview of the field and provide in a single volume the essentials of the subject matter. These objectives have been met by the presentation, which is relevant and useful. The author's command of the material suggests a credible authority in that field.
Audience: The book is appropriate for the beginner laboratory scientist, specifically the student of medical technology. The question and answer section is particularly useful for the trainee preparing for exams. The data presented in some sections is of insufficient depth to appeal to the established laboratory specialist.
Features: The book is easily readable and well organized. Each chapter, as in past editions, is supplemented by learning objectives and a historical introduction. The style is concise, well written, and easy to follow. There are many illustrations that add to the value of the book. The index and table of contents are useful in finding necessary information. There are no references, but instead a list of suggested readings at the end of the book.
Assessment: The text provides a useful introduction and source of information for the beginner and deserves a place in a medical center library.