This recipe book of technical procedures used in studying the coagulation of blood and associated phenomena consists of the assembled contributions of 93 authors, many of whom are outstanding authorities in the field. It is intended to make easily available to workers in coagulation a rather complete technical reference with an unusual amount of procedural detail.
This worthy goal is carried to extremes in some sections of the book. For example, the reader is advised at considerable length how to calculate the volume of plasma in anticoagulated blood, given the hematocrit! Some chapters describe outmoded techniques —eight pages are devoted to methods of counting blood platelets which are no longer commonly used. Certain authors have, understandably, injected personal, but not widely accepted, views of the coagulation process into their manuscripts. Finally, because of the inevitable delay between composition and publication, some recent developments in this rapidly advancing field, such as