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In clinical medicine it is an axiom that diagnosis precedes treatment. The attempt at diagnosis begins with a history and physical examination. The latter should include an examination by the responsible physician of the peripheral blood smear of the patient suspected of having a primary or secondary hematologic disorder. Further study leads to marrow aspirate and, in indicated situations, marrow biopsy.
Dr. Silver's lightweight handbook is heavy with information for the clinician interested in morphologic guides in the diagnosis of hematologic disorders. Although there are 86 quality color reproductions of peripheral smears, marrow aspirates, and biopsies and many more black
Morphology of the Blood and Marrow in Clinical Practice.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:874–875. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-5-874_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(5):874-875.
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