Disorders of blood coagulation, either inherited or acquired, form a small but important part of everyone's clinical practice, no matter what his specialty may be. Thus, the appearance of a book which promises to provide a correlation between the biochemical, laboratory, and clinical aspects of human blood coagulation would be of potential interest to almost all physicians, especially in view of rather dramatic advances made in the field over the past decade. Unfortunately, the Symposium on Human Blood Coagulation, published as the first volume of the Boerhaave Series for Postgraduate Medical Education, does not meet this need.
The book consists of a collection of papers together with discussions presented at a postgraduate course on human blood coagulation given at the University of Leiden in November 1968. It is divided into four parts: biochemical aspects of blood coagulation, the pathophysiology of coagulation, blood coagulation control in oral anticoagulant therapy, and assessment