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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 kwledge of biology to provide the general reader with a fairly sophisticated understanding of the various causes of anemia, of the methods used to make diagses, 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 diagsis 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 rmal 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 Medicine, Houston.