Andre D. Lascan HEMATOLOGIC MANIFESTATIONS OF CHILDHOOD DISEASES New York, Thieme-Stratton Inc., 1984, 480 pp. $45.00
Hematologic Manifestations of Childhood Diseases is a useful, comprehensive reference book which fills a previously empty and important niche. However, it is not a book to be read sequentially. The text is divided into sections by organ system (ie, gastrointestinal, renal, etc.) and then brief descriptions of specific diseases are given along with any known hematologic associations. As an example, the section on renal diseases is good, especially the discussion of hemolytic uremic syndrome where the role of prostacyclin is carefully discussed. In a comprehensive text like this there is no room for detailed pathophysiology or extensive discussion but there are more than adequate references for anyone wishing to pursue a subject in greater depth. The first chapter is useful as a general discussion of the features of the complete blood count as it is affected by various infections. It also provides a differential diagnosis of various abnormal findings such as eosinophilia.
In summary this is an important text for all physicians treating complicated pediatric patients and wishing to know whether a hematologic abnormality, for example anemia, is usually a part of the disease in question. It is a "must" for the pediatric hematologist to be used as an encyclopedia for consultations on patients with primary diseases in the purview of the other subspecialties.