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The English dictionary defines "handbook" as "small guidebook or manual." Not so in German, as demonstrated again by the Handbuch der Inneren Medizin, consisting of nine volumes. Furthermore—another twist of linguistic irony—each "Band" is not a single volume, as one might expect, but consists of 2 to 6 separately bound "Teile" (parts), and the entire "Handbook" is a monumental enyclopedia of around 28,000 pages filling 28 volumes. Under the general editorship of Ludwig Heilmeyer the section on hematologic diseases has been undergoing its fifth revision in recent years. In 1968 the first volume, dealing with general hematology and the physiopathology
Klinik des Erythrocytären Systems.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:306–307. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-2-306_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(2):306-307.
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