The title of this paperback is misleading; it is neither a clinical text nor a handbook of hematologic techniques. Most of the book consists of simple presentation of the range of normal hematologic laboratory values with shopping lists of disorders in which variations from normal occur. The text is divided into six sections: (1) "Haemoglobin and Associated Pigments," (2) "Red Blood Cells," (3) "Anaemia," (4) "Peripheral White Blood Cells," (5) "Bone Marrow," and (6) Bleeding, Clotting and Transfusion."
There is considerable variation between sections in manner of presentation and completeness. Throughout much of the text, the techniques used in deriving the reported values cannot be identified without researching the bibliographic references. The addition of basic principles for performance of tests, methods for calculation of basic principles for performance of tests, methods for calculation of observed values, expected errors of testing, and instructions for the special handling of certain specimens would