As with many publications whose subject material is prone to debate and interpretation, this book will be received with mixed opinions contingent upon the reader's training, experience, and knowledge of the blood-coagulation mechanism. Admittedly, this mechanism is complex; the methods of study of it, at times frustrating, and interpretation of results, often subject to question. The multifacetted terminology, hypotheses, and concepts; the crude reagents employed, and the vagaries of the kinetics of some of the enzyme systems involved account for much of the present-day confusion. Yet, if one compares present-day knowledge with that of just a few years ago, it is immediately apparent that the ratio of knowledge to ignorance has increased impressively.
Dr. Quick's "Hemorrhagic Diseases" admirably fulfills the need for a clear, easily read, concise presentation of a complex subject. By virtue of the author's rich experience and many years of investigative work from the prequantitative era to