This book is suggested as a handy reference to be read by all busy clinicians and health officers who treat bleeding patients. The introductory chapter on the principles of blood coagulation is well done. There is much dispute regarding the actual phenomenon related to blood coagulation, but the basic scheme put forth by Drs. Johnson and Greenwalt is satisfactory. I appreciated the fact that the authors discuss at the outset of their book the tests they use, how these tests are performed, and exactly how the authors interpret the tests.
Chapter 2, an outline of transfusion therapy, seems oddly placed in the text, and the reviewer felt this chapter could well have been relegated to the end of the manuscript. The description of the thrombocytopenias is informative, but again greater detail related to therapeutics would seem to be indicated.
The material dealing with hemophilias touches the high points relating