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From The CriticsReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is an updated comprehensive textbook of transfusion medicine.
Purpose: The goal of this third edition is to maintain the excellence of the previous editions while providing state-of-the-art information about new and emerging areas within transfusion medicine and transfusion science (e.g., prion transmission, therapeutic hemapheresis, etc.). The intent of this edition is to focus on the medicine and science of transfusion, while giving less consideration to its technical aspects. The editors and individual chapter authors have succeeded admirably in achieving this ambitious goal.
Audience: This book would be useful to anyone interested in transfusion medicine and transfusion science. It would appeal especially to those subspecialists (e.g., pathologists, hematologists) with a significant clinical practice in transfusion medicine.
Features: After reading a few chapters of this book, I was in awe. This 69-chapter book is truly a comprehensive archetype tome of transfusion medicine. The list of authors and editors reads like a "Who's Who" in transfusion medicine, and the information is accordingly incomparable in terms of each author's expertise in and insight into a particular transfusion medicine niche. The book starts with a fascinating chapter on the historical origins of transfusion medicine followed by sections of chapters devoted to blood components and derivatives, clinical practice, apheresis, adverse sequelae, special topics, and delivery of blood services. A unique aspect of this edition is the arrangement of information for each subject. The chapters are arranged in a logical and seemingly seamless spectrum starting with the basic science of the particular topic, moving to the translational laboratory aspects, and concluding with clinical applications or practice. This assembly of information results in the reader gaining a multifaceted understanding of the topic. The information in each chapter is current and thoroughly discussed, with critical analysis of relevant publications. The references are quite extensive and complete.
Assessment: This is a great book. It has admirably continued the noble tradition and excellence of the previous two editions. I highly recommend it for anyone involved in the practice of transfusion medicine — it's a must-have.