A brief history of blood platelets: A personal view

Michael C. Berndt, Pat Metharom, Robert K. Andrews

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Abstract

A search on 'platelets' in Pubmed yields more than 100,000 publications indicating both the depth and interest. Platelets are small anucleate cells that circulate freely in the vasculature. In haemostasis, they adhere rapidly, become activated, spread and coat the damaged vasculature. Our understanding of platelet structure and function has advanced in waves, dependent upon the development of the next cutting-edge technology. This brief chapter describes the key historical events leading to our current understanding of platelet structure and function.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlatelets in Thrombotic and Non-Thrombotic Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationPathophysiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics: an Update
EditorsPaolo Gresele, Neal S. Kleiman, Jose A. Lopez, Clive P. Page
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages3-10
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319474625
ISBN (Print)9783319474601
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2017

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Berndt, M. C., Metharom, P., & Andrews, R. K. (2017). A brief history of blood platelets: A personal view. In P. Gresele, N. S. Kleiman, J. A. Lopez, & C. P. Page (Eds.), Platelets in Thrombotic and Non-Thrombotic Disorders: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics: an Update (pp. 3-10). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47462-5_1