The book is a collection of the papers presented at the Institute for Consideration of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs held at the University of Wisconsin, Sept. 4 to 6, 1939. In keeping with the stated purpose of the institute, basic principles and newer fundamental scientific aspects of hematology are stressed. The authors, fifteen in number, are all reperesentative leaders in their fields.
Watson presents the recent work on the porphyrins, a field which has been neglected because of the technical difficulties involved. Rhoads reports on a study of "all cases of refractory anemia as they were referred to the Rockefeller institute." The study is important because of its comprehensiveness and the conclusions. Articles by Heath on anemia caused by iron deficiency, by Minot on anemia of nutritional deficiency and by Diamond on erythroblastic anemia ably cover these subjects.
Meulengracht describes experimental work concerning the fundamental defect in pernicious anemia.