The author has separated the text into three main sections: haematology, biochemistry and a combination of haematology and biochemistry. The book uses a back-to-basics approach which serves as a gentle reminder to the reader of all that information that we once absorbed and could regurgitate but now we only have limited recall.
Chapter three will be of particular relevance to perioperative personnel as it focuses on coagulation. In common with the other chapters it commences with a list of key words and key pathological expressions which are followed by an explanation of terms which are supplied in sufficient detail and quantity. The contents are summarised at the end of each chapter. In addition to explaining the function and normal ranges of platelets and fibrinogen, prothrombin time and INR are detailed. The causes, consequences and treatment of patients with either an increased tendency or reduced ability to form a clot are outlined. A number of case studies are interspersed throughout the text which is supplemented by easy to understand clear illustrations and tables.
In my opinion this book should be on the bookshelf of all perioperative surgical practitioners, the recovery room and every acute ward. In summary, a great book at a great price --Felicia Cox, Editor, Journal of Perioperative Practice