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February 6, 1937

Chemical Procedures for Clinical Laboratories

JAMA. 1937;108(6):500. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780060066030

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Written almost entirely from the point of view of the more advanced laboratory technician, this book nevertheless incorporates sufficient clinical data to make it interesting to practitioners. It systematically outlines sections on chemical analysis of blood, urine and gastro-intestinal, cerebrospinal and other biologic fluids. Its thoroughness is exemplified by such short but factually rich chapters as those on amniotic hydrocele and seminal fluids. A large appendix contains valuable information on the preparation of many standard solutions—a necessary adjunct to successful laboratory work. Highly interesting to the clinician should be the many tables, graphs and illustrations. The bibliography, though brief, is comprehensive and satisfactory. The clarity of the text is best appreciated in the descriptions of laboratory procedures, which are accompanied by simple drawings. The clinical discussions are appreciably amplified by diagrams which rarely tend to be dogmatic. Occasional clinical shortcomings, as, for example, failure to mention the relationship of the

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