The goal of this book, beginning with the first edition in 1989, has been to provide an up- to-date, concise source of guidelines to the selection, use and interpretation of laboratory tests, while at the same time providing an overview of the pathogenesis and clinical features of the most common hematologic disorders.
Though the size and scope of this book have increased considerably, keeping pace with the expansion of the practice of hematopathology, the focus on providing practical informa- tion has not changed. Each chapter is thoughtfully organized and follows a practical format to make finding specific information easy. This fourth edition contains substantial new infor- mation, particularly with regard to molecular modalities, and the number of illustrations has more than doubled. For convenience, the formerly single volume handbook (already grown too heavy for a pocket) is divided between benign disorders (volume 1) and malignant disorders (volume 2).
We hope that this newest edition will be an even more valuable tool and resource for a broad audience, including pathologists, residents and fellows in pathology and medicine, hema- tologists/oncologists, internists, pediatricians, medical students and medical technologists, as well as for those preparing for board examinations in pathology and internal medicine.
We welcome your comments or suggestions for future editions and trust that this book will provide the quality information and education you've come to expect.