Hematology is a prime example of expansion and enforced compartmentalization in medicine. Immunologists, "coagulantionists," chemotherapists, enzymologists who study red blood cells (how about blood bankologists or fibrinolytic-ologists?) —all are sprung from the same stock, usually share laboratory space, cheek by jowl, but often move in unsynchronized orbits and communicate with Babelian confusion.
Their common meeting ground is hematologic morphology. (Admittedly, some look at bits and pieces of cells, and others are inclined to regard cells as inert vehicles handy for demonstrating humeral gymnastics. But most hematologists are still wont to peer down the bright barrel on occasion.)
Books devoted to hematologic morphology have varied in quality and content through the years. In the early days, many texts carried elegant, meticulously hand-hewn reproductions of cells. Despite laudable efforts of faithful reproduction of line and color, they never quite achieved the realism of their brethren under the scope. With the advent of