Edited by Ronald Hoffman, Edward Benz, Leslie Silberstein, Helen Heslop, Jeffrey Weitz, John Anastasi and Mohamed Salama.
Published by Elsevier (August 2017)
Reading the title, you would think that this is a general review of haematology and yes you are right to a certain extent but this book goes much further than that. The spelling of the title implies that it has a North American origin and indeed it has but this book now in it’s 7th edition is a good old fashioned (take this as a complement) textbook working in tandem with the modern era. So you get the best of both worlds. Now there is nothing wrong with that and in fact it is a big compliment to a truly superb book. I had the pleasure of reviewing the book and it comes with a web component and smartphone and tablet app. Now I am a GP and not a specialist in haematologist but I enjoy the topic and find its combination of precise science, clinical aspects and its impact on everyday general clinical work fascinating. So if you want a single detailed volume then this book might answer your problem.
In fact this is a hugely detailed book, packed full of information and data highly relevant to a haematologist and anyone with a big interest in haematology. From a GP perspective some of the material is certainly too detailed and less interesting than other sections but there is plenty here for general interest. I would imagine that a haematologist would find this very useful. In saying that I personally found that reading many sections was interesting, educational and added extra interest onto the subject.
This is primarily a solid, well built text based book but with the addition of the elegant use of colour and some useful figures and printed in quality paper. In fact, overall this book oozes quality and scholarship and there is an impressive array of contributors listed at the beginning of the book.
Yes, the book is expensive, but it runs to over 2300 pages and is part of the excellent expertconsult.com family managed by the publisher. So it has a digital companion which for many people is most useful. If your interest is haematology then take a look at this book, it is an excellent, detailed and modern textbook and from that perspective some people will find it a good investment in expanding their horizons.
Dr Harry Brown