There has been considerable progress in the treatment of bleeding disorders during the last decade. Formerly the only treatment available was fresh plasma, and precise diagnosis was more of academic interest than of practical importance. Fresh plasma still remains invaluable in the treatment of all types of bleeding disorders, but with the advent of potent concentrates of factor VIII and factor IX, its use in hemophilia A or B is now restricted to the control of relatively minor bleeding episodes. A book on the diagnosis and modern treatment of hemorrhagic disorders is indeed timely.
Each chapter is written by an authority in his field, and all the views expressed are those currently accepted by almost all clinical coagulationists in this country. In this sense, the book may be considered authoritative. Since exact diagnosis is a sine qua non of treatment, the first chapter contains an account of screening procedures in