About the book



About Microscopic Haematology

Microscopic Haematology 3e is an atlas of haematology designed for use in a diagnostic setting. The third edition provides over 400 full colour haematological slides of exceptional quality.

Arranged in a logical order, it commences with the red cell series describing normoblastic erythropoiesis and then goes on to describe abnormal erythropoiesis and all the red cell disorders associated with anaemia. Each type of anaemia is described with a minimal amount of text and accompanied by coloured haematological slides depicting the red cell changes associated with the particular disorder. The images have been magnified x 1000 and are of a very high quality.

The platelet section follows on and adheres to the same format.


There is a section on haematology relating to paediatrics which describes red cell, white cell and platelet disorders occurring in cord blood, the neonate and childhood.

The last section is on Blood Parasites and describes the four species of human malaria. A description of the characteristic features of each species as it occurs in the red cell is accompanied by images clearly depicting the various stages of maturation of each species of malaria.

New to this edition

  • aligned to the current WHO classification standard
  • expanded to cover blood cell production, haematopoiesis, and disease physiology
  • detailed case studies for both adult and paediatric conditions
  • approximately 90 new images show cell morphology and call ultrastructures
  • comprehensive electronic teaching and learning package, including image bank and
  • interactive case studies to assist with the development of differential diagnostic skills


  • paediatrics section – describes red cell, white cell and platelet disorders occurring in cord blood, the neonate and childhood
  • Over 450 high quality images
  • 30 detailed case studies
  • online image bank

Section 1 – Development of Blood cells

  • A brief overview of the haematological system and blood cell development
  • Normal cells of the blood
  • The morphology of blood cells found in a normal blood film
  • Automated analysis of blood
    • Parameters measured
    • Summarising cell counter values
    • Other analytical methods
  • Flow cytometry
  • Cytochemistry
  • Reference Ranges

Section 2 – Blood film examination

  • Preparation of a blood film of an acceptable standard for diagnostic pathology
  • The systematic microscopic examination of a blood film
  • Examination of red blood cells
  • Examination of white blood cells
  • Performing a white cell differential
  • Examination of platelets
  • Artefacts
  • Terminology and reporting

13 interactive case studies

  • Interactive case studies with MCQ’s for self directed learning

For Lecturers

  • 17 detailed case studies to help develop differential diagnosis skills and problem solving skills with model answers
  • Image bank

November 2010 ISBN: 978 0 7295 4072 8 PB, 256pp Churchill Livingstone