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July 6, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(1):57-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760270059020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)June 8, 1935.

Laboratory Examinations for Insured Persons  A defect of the national health insurance system is the failure to provide specialist services. Dr. S. C. Dyke, honorary secretary to the Association of Clinical Pathologists, has addressed a memorandum to the British Medical Journal on laboratory examinations. He states that until comparatively recently medicine was practiced as an art but that it is now developing into a science, largely as the result of laboratory work, and specific treatment is available for a number of diseases. Examples are the uses of insulin, the antianemic principle of liver, and antitoxins. For the diagnosis of the diseases amenable to specific treatment, laboratory examinations are necessary, as in the diagnosis of pernicious from other forms of anemia. For lack of laboratory examination many cases of anemia not of the pernicious type are now uselessly treated with the antianemic principle,

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