June 1958

Laboratory Applications in Clinical Pediatrics.

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By Irving J. Wolman, M.D. Price, $15. Pp. 1019. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 36, 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(6):1175. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260180165025

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Although most of the information is readily available in standard textbooks of pediatrics, the pediatrician and general practitioner may find the book by Wolman a convenient source of reference in the interpretation of laboratory tests. Discussions of the indications for performing various studies and of frequent errors in interpretation provide the major contribution. The general outlines for performance of the various tests will aid in evaluation of results obtained but in most cases are not sufficiently detailed to permit establishing the method in a laboratory.

No mention is made of the rapidly expanding field of laboratory investigations of congenital heart disease. With this exception, nearly every test commonly employed in pediatrics is discussed. Studies of the hematopoietic system are considered in a particularly comprehensive manner (340 pages). Other sections include infectious diseases and chemotherapy (195 pages), organic and inorganic constituents of the blood (152 pages), cerebrospinal fluid (93 pages), liver

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