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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Chandra S. Bomma, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This comprehensive update relates recent developments regarding platelets and their role in hematological and cardiovascular diseases.
Purpose: The intention was to bring together a book on platelet function, including synthesis, activation, diagnostics, and therapeutic options for various hematological and cardiovascular disorders relating to structural and functional disorders of platelets.
Audience: This could be an excellent source of knowledge for medical students, residents/fellows and clinicians interested in hematological, cardiovascular, and inflammatory diseases.
Features: Laboratory diagnostic testing, the clinical approach to the bleeding patient, platelet transfusion therapy, and antiplatelet therapy in cardiovascular disease are discussed in detail. The book includes excellent illustrations, schematics, flow charts, "take home message" sections, and references to support the facts in this book.
Assessment: In recent years, a large body of scientific knowledge has been acquired on the role of platelets in hematological and cardiovascular diseases. This is a well done composition by qualified authors.