edited by Israel Davidsohn and John Bernard Henry, ed 15; 1,443 pp, 740 illus, $28, Canada $28.85, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1974.
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This, the 15th edition of Todd and Sanford, is the second edited by Israel Davidsohn and John Bernard Henry. Davidsohn and Henry had expanded the scope of the book, previously limited, by obtaining authors whose chapters have covered almost all areas of laboratory medicine. This new edition maintains the place of this book as the best reference in modern laboratory medicine. The book as a whole is a compendium of methodologies, but each chapter provides good discussion of basic mechanisms, clinical relevance, and the basis for clinical interpretations of the laboratory tests. It will be particularly useful to residents and laboratory directors who can read it prior to their consultations with the clinicians. It will be useful to clinicians to provide the basis for their clinical interpretations. Students of medicine and technology will generally find it too lengthy and detailed for everyday use but will find it a useful reference.
Fuller JB. Todd-Sanford Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods. JAMA. 1974;230(11):1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240110073033