Each year thousands are told they suffer from anemia, but most have
only a vague understanding of the condition. In fact, "anemia" is a
generic term that includes myriad specific diseases, each of which
has its own story regarding cause, manifestations, and treatments.
Understanding Anemia gently builds upon elementary knowledge of
biology to provide the general reader with a fairly sophisticated
understanding of the various causes of anemia, of the methods used
to make diagnoses, and of the principles of treatment. The book
begins with a definition of anemia and a brief history of the
scientific study of blood. It explains how the doctor makes the
diagnosis and details the main types of anemia. Since the different
conditions result from the failure of various organs, the reader
will come away with a surprisingly broad understanding of human
anatomy and physiology, encompassing the digestive, circulatory,
and immune systems, nutrition, biochemistry, and heredity.
Features: Specific anemias: iron deficiency, vitamin deficiencies,
hemolytic anemias, hereditary anemias, and others Helpful
appendices: a practical guide to the metric system, a brief review
of general cell biology, a table of normal values in commonly
ordered lab tests, a description of the bone marrow biopsy
procedure, a list of pitfalls a doctor faces during the evaluation
of the anemic patient, resources for further study (both in print
and on the Internet)
Ed Uthman is director of the medical laboratory at Polly Ryon
Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Texas. He is an adjunct assistant
professor of pathology at the University of Texas School of
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