Blood Cells

  • Patrick Murphy


About half the volume of normal blood is occupied by cells. By far the greater proportion of these cells are the erythrocytes, which contain hemoglobin and are responsible for the red color, and the principal function of which is oxygen transport. One or two per thousand cells in blood are colorless, and are known as white cells, or leukocytes. Stained blood smears show that there are six types of cells in blood besides the red cells. The appearances of these six types are illustrated in Figs. 1.1 and 1.2, and their relative proportions and absolute counts are given in Table 1.1.


Methylene Blue Polymorphonuclear Cell Principal Function Crystalline Inclusion Neutrophil Granule 
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Selected Reading

  1. Wintrobe, M. M., Clinical Hematology, 7th ed., Lea & Feibiger, Philadelphia, 1975.Google Scholar
  2. Williams, W. J., Beutier, E., Erslev, A. J., and Rundles, R. W., Hematology, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1972.Google Scholar


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    Mahmoud, A. A. F., Warren, K. S., and Graham, R. C., Jr., Antieosinophil serum and the kinetics of eosinophilia in Schistosomiasis mansoni, J. Exp. Med. 142:560 (1975).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Mahmoud, A. A. F., Warren, K. S., and Peters, P. A., A role for the eosinophils in acquired resistance to Schistosoma mansoni infection as determined by antieosinophil serum, J. Exp. Med. 142:805 (1975).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Murphy
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  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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