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Essentials of Haematology
Shirish M Kawthalkar MD (Pathology)

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Edition 2/e
Publish Year2013
Size 6" X 8"
Cover TypePaper Back
With CD/DVD No
Quick Overview
In this edition, almost all the figures and illustrations have been maintained as in previous edition and many have been added and where required suitable modifications have been made in the text. Depiction of many figures is diagrammatic for easier understanding as actual images are somewhat difficult to understand at basic level of learning, especially figures of blood cells, genetics, and flow cytometry.
Key Features
• Second edition covers commonly encountered haematologic disorders and basics of blood transfusion in a concise manner.

• Divided into five sections beginning with section on physiology of blood, covering the overview of blood, followed by sections on disorders of red blood cells (Anaemia), while blood cells, Haemostasis and concluding with blood transfusion which discusses the different techniques such as serologic and microbiologic.

• Incorporates more than 400 figures, tables, and boxes and is updated with the current knowledge in the field.

• Provides essential information to undergraduate and postgraduate students of pathology and medicine with emphasis on pathogenesis, diagnosis, and salient features of treatment.
Target Audience
Undergraduate Students (MBBS) and Residents of Pathology and Medicine.

Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD (Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)


ng clinical and laboratory aspects of hematology (anemias, WBC disorders, coagulation disorders) and transfusion medicine. The first edition was published in 1998.


sfusion in a "concise and simplified manner." These worthy objectives are somewhat met by this edition.


The book is intended for medical and postgraduate students (pathology, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology), but it is best suited for medical students and clinical laboratory scientists in training because the information is so elementary.


This is truly a broad-based book that is unusual for laboratory medicine in that it covers diseases for which there are no associated laboratory tests [e.g., a chapter on "bleeding disorders caused by abnormalities of blood vessels" (the vascular purpuras)]. A few unusual items. The author is based in India and the book includes specific diagnostic considerations not common in the United States -- for anemias related to infections to consider tuberculosis, malaria, kala-azar, HIV/AIDS, hookworm. Similarly, the transfusion section has a discussion of the use of donor whole blood, including "fresh" whole blood -- a discussion irrelevant in the U.S., as this blood product is usually not available. The book also includes a plethora of laboratory tests no longer in use in the U.S. (e.g., sucrose hemolysis, acidified serum, Ham's test, bleeding time, etc.), but perhaps they are still in use in India. A peculiarity of hematology books originating in India as well as here in the U.S. - hand-drawn pictures of RBC, WBC, or platelet abnormalities instead of conventional photomicrographs. The transfusion section simply skims highlights of this very complex field. A small gripe -- multiple versions of international guidelines are included when only the most recent one is valid and should be the only one cited (e.g., International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis guidelines on von Willebrand disease classification -- both the 1994 and 2006 versions are listed).


This is a reasonable, basic book on hematology and transfusion and may be quite useful for medical practice in India. Its usefulness in the U.S. is questionable, however, given the liberal inclusion of laboratory tests no longer performed, disease states rarely encountered, and clinical practice uncommon to U.S. medicine.

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