This book is designed as a practical guide for clinicians and laboratory workers who are concerned with the investigation and management of disorders of hemostasis. In the preface the authors say that the individual with the tenacity to read the book straight through will find a certain amount of repetition, which is, in the main, deliberate. The reviewer had the tenacity to read this book through and found a good deal of repetition which, although deliberate, was at times somewhat disconcerting.
The initial chapter on the diagnostic approach to bleeding disorders was generally well-covered. The subsection on clinical history was excellent, and it would be advisable for all third and fourth year medical students to read this. On page 18 we get into the first difficulty related to this book and many other books which discuss blood coagulation. In Table 1.3 the authors compare the one stage prothrombin time to