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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rafael Ducos, MD (Ochsner for Children)
Description: This is the gold standard reference in pediatric hematology, an indispensable tool for the offices of practicing pediatric hematologists. It provides a comprehensive review of blood disorders in neonates, infants, and children at the clinical and basic science level. The six authors and 74 contributors are well known experts in the field of pediatric blood disorders. The rapid advances of molecular biology make this seventh edition necessary. The first edition was published in 1974, and the sixth in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a comprehensive review of the field, including not only the clinical aspects but also the basic science behind each of the blood disorders of neonates, infants, and children.
Audience: Practicing hematologists, especially pediatric hematologists, and pediatric hematology trainees are the intended audience. Medical students, pediatric residents, and general pediatricians also will find this book useful as a reference.
Features: It thoroughly covers childhood anemias, leukocyte and platelet disorders, hematologic malignancies, supportive care, and hematologic manifestations of systemic diseases, both the clinical aspects and the basic science.
Assessment: While this is the gold standard for pediatric hematologists, it also is an excellent resource for general pediatricians, providing basic information on the hematology of children. I prepared for my pediatric hematology board examination with the first edition of this book in 1974. The seventh edition updates, preserves, and fulfills the objectives set out by the original editors, David Nathan and Frank Oski, in 1974.