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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Simrit Parmar, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent, concise review of the important topics in hematology designed for use as a quick reference in the clinic and during hospital rounds. The language is easy to understand. The book is thorough and well organized and the information is reinforced with the help of tables and figures. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a convenient and easy to navigate précis of pathogenetic, diagnostic, and therapeutic essentials of blood cell and coagulation protein disorders. The intent is to provide a book that is thorough and well organized and, at the same time, of a size that can be carried by the physician in the hospital or the clinic. These are very worthy objectives and essential in this field since it is impossible to remember all the facts of hematology.
Audience: The book is written for physicians/practitioners in the field of hematology, according to the author. In my opinion, it may be used by residents and fellows as well as clinicians. The authors are well established in the field of hematology and are considered authorities.
Features: The book covers disorders of red cells, white blood cells, and platelets including structural malformation, stem cell defects, and exogenous destruction. It addresses various kinds of anemia, hemoglobinopathies, porphyrias, neutropenias and their management, hematologic malignancies, and coagulation disorders. The best feature of the book is the way the precise and relevant information is delivered in an easy to read format. The red cell disorders are covered well. Of note is chapter 9 on congenital dyserythropoietic anemias, a difficult topic that is not easy to understand. The author has very elegantly described the whole syndrome in one and a half pages with the help of tables and figures. The only shortcoming is the lack of color photographs of the abnormal cells.
Assessment: This is an exceptional, high quality book. It is very practical and easy to use and understand. Because of its small size, it is easy to handle and can be carried around in the clinic and on hospital rounds. This book is exceptional compared to other books in the field that I refer to in my everyday practice, namely, Manual of Clinical Oncology, 4th edition, by Casciato and Lowitz (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000) and Handbook of Chemotherapy, 5th edition, by Skeel (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999). This new edition definitely justifies replacing the previous one since many new therapeutics have emerged and there have been rapid advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of benign and malignant disorders of blood.