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May 21, 1955

Practical Clinical Biochemistry

JAMA. 1955;158(3):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030087036

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This comprehensive book on clinical chemistry contains both tests and interpretations. Modifications and improvements of established tests are also included. The introductory chapter discusses such general subjects as certain chemical techniques, instrumentation, collection of samples, and preservatives. The remaining chapters discuss the various methods and procedures of clinical chemistry. In most instances alternative procedures are presented along with the preferred methods of determination. Invariably the procedures for several biological fluids are given. Many of the newer techniques, such as paper chromatography, paper electrophoresis, flame photometry, and microtechnique, are included. Of particular interest to the internist and general practitioner is the arrangement of tests according to disease or to organs involved, especially since interpretation follows each laboratory procedure. There are sections on vitamin and hormone analysis, chemical examination of cerebral fluid, milk analysis, toxicology, and forensic chemistry. Although the book was written and published in England, it contains many references to

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