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November 18, 1968

Illustrated Manual of Laboratory Diagnosis: Indications and Interpretations

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by R. Douglas Collins, 299 pp, 195 color illustrations by Joseph Alemany, $22.50, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1968.

JAMA. 1968;206(8):1797. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150080077031

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The enormous array of laboratory tests can indeed confuse the clinician, and some guidance is desirable. The author has tried to provide such a guide. He discusses principally chemistry and hematology and has arranged his presentation alphabetically by blood components. Thus, the first six chapters take up disorders of alkaline and acid phosphatase, bilirubin, calcium, electrolytes, glucose, and hormones.

For each chapter the author offers a physiological subdivision by type of disorder. For example, under glucose there are classified disorders of intake, absorption, production, storage, excretion, regulation, and "miscellaneous," with one or more diseases characterized under each. Diabetes comes under "miscellaneous" and receives about as much space as "idiopathic steatorrhea" (disorder of absorption). For each disease the author provides a summary of laboratory findings, a capsule exposition of pathogenesis in relation to the laboratory findings, and a picture.

The unique feature of the book, and presumably the factor