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This book is presented as a festschrift in honor of Dr. George Dock who, 26 years ago, wrote the first edition. It is generally similar to other manuals of laboratory medicine. In addition to good descriptions of the usual clinical laboratory procedures and tests, however, there are several other sections that are unusual in such a volume. The first such section briefly considers history taking and physical examination. Another considers individually the special methods of clinical investigation for several different types of disease, for instance, infectious disease, hematological disorders and metabolic disorders. This section should prove particularly useful to students and house officers.
The final sections are on therapeutic methods and include a chapter called "Dock's Twenty Drugs." These 20 drugs, or the groups they represent, have suffered greatly in the 50 years since they were selected. Dr. Herrmann considers each in turn, with its fate. Of the original 20,
Methods in Medicine: The Manual of the Medical Service of George Dock, M.D., Sc.D. JAMA. 1951;145(14):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320079031