Views And Reviews

Best books on haematology: a personal choice

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1381
  1. I M Franklin

    Books for undergraduates and junior trainees

    * Lecture Notes on Haematology. 5th edn. N C Jones, S N Wickramasinghe. (pounds sterling 12.50.) Blackwell Scientific, 1991. ISBN 0-632-02768-1.

    * Clinical Haematology. D L Barnard, B A McVerry, D R Norfolk. (pounds sterling 22.50.) Heinemann, 1989. ISBN 0-433-00068-6.

    * Essential Haematology. 3rd edn. A V Hoffbrand, J E Pettit. (pounds sterling14.95.) Blackwell Scientific, 1992. ISBN 0-632-01954-9.

    Lecture Notes on Haematology is clearly for undergraduates. It contains the standard list of obscure haemoglobinopathies and how to distinguish intravascular from extravascular haemolysis. But there is no immune phenotyping of leukaemias and no mention of the use of interferon in treating chronic myeloid leukaemia. Its assets are the objectives for learning at the end of each chapter, and the adequate illustrations. Clinical Haematology by Barnard et al starts very well but its treatment of specific topics is too greatly weighted towards haematological oncology.

    Streets ahead is Essential Haematology by Hoffbrand and Pettit. Previous editions must have done well, for the publishers have invested heavily in excellent graphics and good figures, nearly all in colour. It has …

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