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For years and through two editions, Tietz's Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry served as one of the major references in the field. In 1986, a closely related book, the first edition of Textbook of Clinical Chemistry, was published, followed by the third edition of Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry in 1987. The major difference between these two versions—Textbook and Fundamentals—lies in the discussion of pathophysiology found in Textbook, while Fundamentals retained a more analytical laboratory- and methods-oriented approach. Eight years later and with the second edition of the Textbook, Dr Tietz has passed his editorship to two new and very capable successors. Although a good number of the chapter authors have changed, the book retains many of its important characteristics.
In the new edition of Textbook, the editors have made some minor revisions in organization. The 20 chapters of the previous edition have been expanded to 41, and the book
David . Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry. JAMA. 1994;272(8):644-645. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520080086056