Clinical Hematology Atlas


  • Bernadette Rodak, MS, MLS, Professor, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jacqueline Carr, MS, CLSpH(NCA), CLDir(NCA), Laboratory Manager, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Clarian Health, Indianapolis, IN

An excellent companion to Rodak's Hematology: Clinical Principles & Applications, this atlas is ideal for helping you accurately identify cells at the microscope. It offers complete coverage of the basics of hematologic morphology, including examination of the peripheral blood smear, basic maturation of the blood cell lines, and discussions of a variety of clinical disorders. Over 400 photomicrographs, schematic diagrams, and electron micrographs visually clarify hematology from normal cell maturation to the development of various pathologies.
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Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-4260-8


Carr, Jacqueline H., MS, CLSpH(NCA), CLDir(NCA); Rodak, Bernadette F., MS, CLSpH(NCA)

Bibliographic Data:
ISBN: 978-1-4160-5039-1, NLM: WH 17, LC: RB145, 266 pages, spiral bound cover.


Valerie L. Ng, PhD, MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)

This is the third edition of a color atlas of cells and other items found in peripheral blood and body fluids. New to this edition is the spiral-binding -- invaluable for keeping the book open when referring to a picture. The previous edition was published in 2004.

The purpose is to provide a handy bench guide as a quick and readily accessible reference for morphological identification. This book has nicely met the authors' objective.

This book is intended to have a wide appeal to anyone interested in blood or body fluid morphology: medical students, residents and fellows in any medical specialty, practicing clinicians, allied health providers, etc. The main beneficiaries will be clinical laboratory scientists, pathologists and clinical hematologists -- students or practitioners.

My first impression of this book was, "Wow, this is beautiful." It is primarily pictures, the clarity and color reproduction of which are superb. The book is divided into sections starting with normal hematopoiesis, normal maturation, leukemias, myelodysplasias, lymphoma, microorganisms, miscellaneous cells, newborn blood and body fluids. All pictures depict Wright-stained preparations.
Each picture has a short descriptive section highlighting key morphological features and associated disease states. The descriptions are purposely short, as this atlas is intended to be a companion to a textbook (Rodak et al,
Hematology: Clinical Principles and Applications, 3rd edition (Elsevier, 2007)) in which physiology and diagnosis are addressed. The inclusion of various body fluids (synovial, pleural, CSF) make this a hybrid of atlases covering only peripheral blood and those covering only body fluids.
There are deficiencies in this hybrid approach, however. For example, there is no depiction of cells in CSFs of neonates -- a morphologically difficult specimen for those not used to seeing neonatal CSF. Similarly, other fluids commonly evaluated in the hematology lab (i.e., semen, pericardial, ascites,
urine) are not included. Regardless, the entities displayed in this atlas cover about 90 percent of what the average bench clinical laboratory scientist will see in the course of a career.

This is a beautiful atlas that will be used every day by the bench clinical laboratory scientist. Get it.

Weighted Numerical Score: 95 - 4 Stars!

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction

1.  Introduction to Peripheral Blood Smear Examination

Section 2: Hematopoiesis

2.  Hematopoiesis

3.  Erythroid Maturation

4.  Megakaryocyte Maturation

5.  Myeloid Maturation

6.  Monocyte Maturation

7.  Eosinophil Maturation

8.  Basophil Maturation

9.  Lymphoid Maturation

Section 3: Erythrocytes

10.  Variations in Size and Color of Erythrocytes

11.  Variations in Shape and Distribution of Erythrocytes

12.  Inclusions in Erythrocytes

13.  Diseases Affecting Erythrocytes

Section 4: Leukocytes

14.  Nuclear and Cytoplasmic Changes in Leukocytes

15.  Acute Myeloid Leukemia

16.  Precursor Lymphoid Neoplasms

17.  Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

18.  Myelodysplastic Syndromes

19.  Mature Lymphoproliferative Disorders

20.  Morphologic Changes after Myeloid Hemopoietic Growth Factors

Section 5: Miscellaneous

21.  Microorganisms

22.  Miscellaneous Cells

23.  Normal Newborn Peripheral Blood Morphology

Section 6: Body Fluids

24.  Body Fluids