The fourth edition of Prof George Cartwright's monograph of aboratory methodology maintains the tradition of excellence and timeliness of its forebearers. Comprehensiveness, clarity of organization, and syntactic simplicity have been the hallmarks of all editions. I treasured my copy of the first rendition (1954); it provided an uncluttered pathway through the proliferating foliage of laboratory hematology. Other texts of similar persuasion assumed too much biochemical background or too little bench experience; most clinicians found them either incomprehensible or tedious. I suspect that is why this book was written.
By its very nature, hematology has been concerned with individual cells and their menstrum. Fortunately, blood is readily accessible and in ample volume to facilitate detailed study. It is little wonder that hematologists have led all other disciplines inside the cell in the pursuit of subcellular structures, intracellular metabolism, kinetics, etc. Diagnostic Laboratory Hematology has kept pace with the profusion of information.