Laboratory Hematology, Volume 9, Issue 1









Book Review

Dacie and Lewis Practical Haematology, Ninth Edition

Edited By S. M. Lewis, B. J. Bain, I. Bates

London: Churchill Livingstone; 2001: 633 pages

Reviewed by Robert Hillman


Publication of the ninth edition of Dacie and Lewis Practical Haematology marks the retirement of Sir John Dacie and 50 years of continuous publication of one of the best known laboratory hematology texts. Two new coeditors, Drs. B. J. Bain and I. Bates, have joined Dr. S. M. Lewis to revise and expand the volume to incorporate new laboratory methods. Another 16 well-known scientists have contributed chapters, including a chapter on molecular techniques valuable in hematological diagnosis.

Practical Haematology has been considered a must reference text for any hematology laboratory. It serves as a clearly written, practical guide to the most common laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of disorders of the hematopoietic and hemostatic systems. As is clear from its popularity over the years, the value of the text to hematology laboratories goes without question. Individual chapters deal with basic bloodcounting techniques, reference values, blood and marrow morphology, laboratory methods used in the diagnosis of specific blood disorders, blood bank methodology, and hemostasis testing. Each chapter has been revised to take into account new developments, eliminating outdated tests and incorporating newer methods. The 2001 revision represents a major challenge given the explosion of new technologies, especially those involving automated cytometry and molecular diagnostic methods.

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