The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology is up-to-date coverage of information on the diagnosis and treatment of blood and bone marrow disorders
The accessibility of blood and bone marrow has made hematology historically the engine of basic research in internal medicine. Hematology has thrived at the National Institutes of Health because of this close relationship with the research laboratory, and investigators from the various institutes in Bethesda have contributed to the knowledge of blood diseases from the study of individual patients with sometimes rare diseases and to the development of clinical protocols for the rigorous assessment of diagnostic criteria or treatments, both established and novel. Our hematology fellowship programs have fostered a scientific approach to hematology, not only to assess outcomes but also to advance the experimental basis of our understanding of blood diseases and the application of laboratory insights to their treatment in practice. The collegial relationships among local institutions and individuals in the greater Washington area who share training and patients have greatly furthered these efforts.
HANDBOOKS are intended to be highly accessible, both literally and figuratively, so as to be useful. Our The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology should be carried in the white coat pocket of the student, resident, and fellow on a hematology or oncology service and in the briefcase of the internist, hospitalist, family practitioner, and pediatrician, whose practice includes patients with blood diseases. We have purposely combined authors who are recognized experts in their fields with senior fellows who have had current experience of learning hematology and daily care of hematology patients, and encouraged a thoughtful approach to the presentation of the core knowledge, using tables, algorithms, meaningful figures, and bulleted text structures. The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology is organized according to disease categories and hematological problems of importance to the consulting and treating hematologist, and additional chapters are provided to acquaint the reader with familiar and new laboratory methodologies that underlie modern clinical approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
For the opportunity to publish a fourth edition of The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology, we thank our readers, who have supported our efforts with both kind comments and constructive criticisms and, very importantly, concrete purchases of the book, more remarkable in an age of Internet-based medical information. Indeed, the plan is to have The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology available as a handheld application. The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology remains focused on providing the practitioner at every level of training practical, authoritative, and current guidance to the diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases and to consultative problems in hematology. Many aspects of hematology, as the field advances, have entered the domain of internal medicine but remain complex and challenging— from new anticoagulants to the mundane management of once fatal diseases like chronic myeloid leukemia and aplastic anemia.