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May 23, 1942

Laboratory Diagnosis of Protozoan Diseases

JAMA. 1942;119(4):381. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830210073030

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This book is written to supply a work devoted entirely to laboratory methods for the diagnosis of diseases caused by protozoan parasites. It is the expressed desire of the author that it may be of real worth to physicians conducting their own clinical laboratories and to workers, especially technicians, in various laboratories preparing material for the diagnosis of these diseases. There are six parts devoted to the laboratory diagnosis of amebiasis and flagellate infections, leishmaniases, trypanosomiases, coccidiosis, malaria and balantidiosis. The laboratory methods in each part are given with exhaustive thoroughness. For example, under amebiasis there are chapters devoted to the morphology of the parasites, the collection and preparation of materials for examination, the diagnostic value of cultures, complement fixation and animal inoculations. Some of the methods described will probably be of more interest to the research worker than to the physician or technician interested in diagnosis, but the confusion

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